CATCC OPERATING POSITIONS
The Air Operations Officer is responsible to the Operations Officer for the coordination
of all matters pertaining to flight operations and for the proper functioning of CATCC.
CATCC is broken down into three branches: Air Ops, CCA, and ATO. Each of these
branches is responsible for certain tasks that are performed by personnel assigned to
operating positions within the respective branches. Controllers assigned to a carrier will
Remember, no one position is more important than the other; each position is vital to
the overall CATCC team and its mission.
The Air Ops branch of CATCC, sometimes referred to as the front room, performs many
of the tasks required to ensure accurate and timely information concerning aircraft
operations is disseminated throughout the ship. When you are assigned to Air Ops, you
will be required to operate and qualify on different positions that gather and update
critical flight operations data.
Table 11-2 lists the Air Ops positions and some of their major duties.
Review air plan for fuel and logistics requirements
Supervise and coordinate the execution of the air plan
During flight operations, remain informed of the status of an
aircraft operating under CATCC control, and ensure that all
pertinent information is provided to other carrier work
centers and personnel including Commanding Officer,
Bridge, PriFly, Strike Operations, COC, Handler, LSO, etc.
Ensure that all operational information (excluding
intelligence information) required for the aircraft missions
are provided to pilots prior to and during flight operations.
Ensure that all pertinent flight information is provided to
inbound and outbound flights between the carrier and shore
Conduct air wing and squadron briefings as required to
evaluate flight operations.
Ensure the procurement and maintenance of charts,
publications, and equipment required for flight operations.