equipment is not being driven. They should be removed
only upon command from a plane director. Both ends
of the chock should be snugly against the wheel with
the adjustable end toward the rear of the plane. This
ensures easy removal when engines are turning up and
the wheel is set hard against the forward end of the
NOTE: You should exercise caution when using
wheel chocks. If aircraft chocks are not loosened during
fueling operations, they will be close to impossible to
remove after the aircraft is fueled because of the added
weight. The opposite occurs when the aircraft is
defueled; chocks must then be tightened.
Fittings are provided on all aircraft for attaching
tie-downs. These fittings are usually located on each of
the landing gear struts. On some aircraft additional
fittings may be found on the fuselage. In all
circumstances, tie-down chains are attached to each of
these points when the aircraft is being secured.
Tie-down assemblies are used to secure aircraft and
support equipment aboard carriers. These assemblies
are equipped with attachments for deck fittings (pad
eye). Deck fittings are provided on both the flight and
hangar decks for securing aircraft. Methods of securing
aircraft or support equipment and the quantity of
tie-down assemblies will vary, depending upon the type
of aircraft, equipment, scheduled operations, and
NORMAL WEATHER CONDITIONS
In general, the following procedures apply when
securing aircraft under normal conditions:
Plane captains of landing aircraft stand by with
tie-downs on the flight deck in a designated area. They
join their aircraft as they are being parked. If an aircraft
is moved to the hangar bay below, its plane captain
should board the elevator with it if he can do so safely.
designated area during recoveries and act as chockmen
while aircraft are being taxied and parked. They put on
the initial tie-downs and are assisted by the plane
captain when possible.
When the aircraft reaches the final spot, the
director will signal the pilot of the aircraft to lower its
tailhook. This automatically straightens the nosewheel
Aviation Fuels Checker
Catapult Hookup Petty Officer
Catapult Safety Observer (ICCS)
Flight Deck Officer and Aircraft
Launching and Arresting Gear
Ordnance Arming Crew
Ordnance Arming/Safety Supervisor
Squadron Aircraft Inspector
* Standard and stubby denote cone shape. Standard denotes full length cones; stubby is a modified
cone providing 3 inches of lighted cone. Any suitable battery and switch housing is authorized if
cone is brightly lighted. All signal wands/flashlights must be equipped with heat-shrinkable
sleeving to prevent possible cone separation.
** One 3/4 inch band on the cone (plastic electrician's tape is recommended).
*** Two 3/4 inch bands spaced equidistant on the cone (plastic electrician's tape is recommended).
Table 10-2.Taxi Signal Wand Identification