FLIGHT DECK SAFETY
The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is a very busy
and dangerous place during launching, recovery, and
respotting of aircraft. Plane captains and other
maintenance personnel assigned specific duties
associated with the flight deck must be constantly
aware of the dangerous environment in which they
You should receive predeployment training
lectures on aircraft handling procedures, flight and
hangar deck safety precautions, responsibilities during
launch and recovery of aircraft, tie-down requirements
and techniques, and special shipboard maintenance
procedures and safety precautions. This training
requirement is in addition to the general indoctrination
given all personnel concerning flight quarters, general
quarters, fire, abandon ship, man overboard, and other
general drills. Also, this indoctrination covers ship
conditions, smoking and safety precautions, and
watchstanding requirements peculiar to shipboard
Flight line safety precautions (previously
discussed) apply to flight deck operations. The
primary difference is the limited space and tempo of
operations experienced on the flight deck, causing
flight deck operations to be more dangerous.
During launch and recovery of aircraft, all
personnel not required should leave the flight deck and
catwalk areas. The safe parking area aft of the island
is also an unauthorized space for personnel during
Personnel should not stand in or otherwise block
entrances to the island structure or exits leading off the
catwalks. Never turn your back on aircraft taxiing on
the flight deck. Always be alert for the unexpected.
There is never room for carelessness, daydreaming, or
skylarking on the flight deck.
All personnel assigned flight quarters on or above
the hangar deck must wear appropriate jerseys and
helmets. Personnel on the flight deck during flight
quarters must wear the cranial impact helmet or its
equivalent, goggles, sound attenuators, flight deck
shoes, flotation gear, an adequately secured whistle,
and a survival light. The authorized flight quarters
clothing for the different flight deck jobs is shown in
Any maintenance performed on aircraft that will
require wingspread/fold, respot, turnup, blade track,
jacking, or maintenance that will prevent the aircraft
from being moved must be approved through the
activitys maintenance control. This is true regardless
of how much or how little time is required for the work
to be performed. The activitys maintenance control,
before it can grant approval, must obtain permission
from the aircraft handling officer by way of the air
wing, group maintenance liaison officer, or his or her
When an aircraft is being turned up or jacking
operations are being performed, make sure that the
permission of the aircraft handling officer has been
received and that all ships safety regulations are
observed. Safety men, with sufficient line to block off
the area, must be stationed around the aircraft.
Each ship may have safety precautions unique to
that ship due to operational requirements and special
circumstances. Petty officers are responsible for
knowing and enforcing the safety precautions that
apply to their area of work and their personnel.
What system or mechanism should you always
treat with the same respect as a loaded gun?
In relation to overheated wheel brakes, what
area is considered the danger area?
What item, if used to cool overheated brakes, is
likely to cause an explosion?
Why is it important to keep tools, work areas, and
clothing free from grease and oil when working
What are the primary differences between flight
line and flight deck operations?
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the Navys
special maintenance programs related to Naval
Aviation and their purposes.
The special programs discussed in this chapter are
covered in detail in the Naval Aviation Maintenance
Program, OPNAVINST 4790.2. Until Volume V of
OPNAVINST 4790.2 is issued, which covers Naval
Aviation Maintenance Standard Operation Procedures
(NAMSOP), a local, more convenient source of
information on these special programs is your
squadron maintenance instructions (MIs). Technical
information and local policy are issued through MIs.
MIs describe techniques that do not direct the
performance of work at defined intervals but are
sustaining in nature. MIs include policy, procedures,
and methods of managing specific maintenance