LINE OPERATIONS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
One of the busiest, most important and dangerous
divisions in a squadron is the line division. Upon
reporting to a squadron, no matter your rate or
paygrade, you may be assigned to the line division. As
an Airman, or third class petty officer, you may
become a plane captain. A plane captain has many
responsibilities in flight operations and in the
day-to-day maintenance of modern aircraft.
As a more senior petty officer or a Chief, you may
be assigned as the LPO or Branch Chief. It is important
for you to know how the line division operates and the
safety factors involved with line operations. This
chapter briefly outlines some of these crucial factors.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the
organization of the line division and define the
responsibilities and qualifications of a plane
The following text discusses the organization of
the line division. Knowledge about the line
organization is important because it will help you
perform your duties.
The line division is a division within the
maintenance department. Figure 5-1 shows how the
line division fits within the maintenance department.
The aircraft maintenance officer is the department
Figure 5-1.Navy O-level maintenance department organization.