loading and off loading aircraft functions; performs pre-flight
and post-flight of aircraft and aircraft systems. Performs loadmaster
aircrew functions, computes weight and balance and other mission
specific qualification duties. Provides for safety and comfort of
passengers and troops, and security of cargo, mail, and baggage
during flight. Conducts cargo and personnel airdrops. Supervises
loadmaster activities and related functions, including aircraft
loading and off loading activities, cargo handling, and restraint.
2. Duties and
aircraft weight and balance records and cargo manifest. Determines
quantity of cargo and passengers or troops to be loaded and proper
placement in aircraft. Computes load and cargo distribution. Computes
weight and balance, and determines the amount of weight to be placed
in each compartment or at each station. Considers factors such as
fuel load, aircraft structural limits, and emergency equipment required.
initial pre-flight of aircraft according to flight manuals; pre-flights
specific aircraft systems such as restraint rail and airdrop equipment.
Operates radios, pre-flights aerospace ground equipment, and applies
external power to the aircraft. Performs in-flight and special mission
specific duties as required.
aircraft loading and off loading. Uses equipment such as 25K, 40K,
and 60K loaders; forklifts; and winches. Ensures cargo and passengers
are loaded according to load distribution plan. Directs application
of restraint devices such as restraint rails, straps, chains, and
nets to prevent shifting during flight. Checks cargo, passengers,
and troops against manifests.
availability of fleet service equipment such as blankets and pillows.
Signs for and stows in-flight meals. Briefs passengers and troops
on use of seat belts, facilities, and border clearance requirements.
Dispenses meals and refreshments. Demonstrates use of emergency
equipment such as oxygen masks and life vests, and ensures access
to escape hatches. Monitors cargo and passengers in-flight and assists
passengers as required.
cargo and personnel airdrops according to directives. Attaches extraction
parachutes to cargo and platforms. Inspects cargo and platforms,
extraction systems and connects static lines. Checks tiedowns, parachutes,
containers, suspension systems, and extraction systems to ensure
proper cargo extraction or release. Operates aircraft personnel
airdrop system and supervises paratroopers exiting the aircraft.
Knowledge is mandatory of: types, capacities, and configuration
of transport aircraft; arithmetic; emergency equipment and in-flight
emergency procedures; personal equipment and oxygen use; communications;
current flying directives; interpreting diagrams, loading charts,
and technical publications; border agency clearance dispensing and
preserving food aboard aircraft; and cargo restraint techniques.
For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses
in mathematics or general science is desirable.
Completion of the Aircraft Loadmaster course is mandatory for award
of AFSC 1A231.
The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1A231. Also, knowledge of
types, capacities, and configuration of transport aircraft; weight
and balance factors, arithmetic; cargo restraint techniques; emergency
equipment and in-flight emergency procedures; using personal equipment
and oxygen, communications; current flying directives; interpreting
diagrams, loading charts, and applicable technical publications;
border agency clearance requirements and forms; principles of dispensing
and preserving food aboard aircraft; operation of cargo loading
equipment; and cargo and personnel airdrop techniques and equipment.
Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1A251. Also, experience
in types, capacities, and configuration of transport aircraft; airdrop
techniques; weight and balance factors; arithmetic; emergency equipment
and in-flight emergency procedures; personal equipment and oxygen
use; communications; current flying directives; interpreting diagrams,
loading charts, and applicable technical publications; border agency
clearance requirements and forms; principles of dispensing and preserving
food aboard aircraft; and cargo restraint techniques.
Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1A271. Also, experience
in directing functions such as loading military cargo aircraft and
establishing procedures for maintaining related records.
3.5 Other. The
following are mandatory as indicated:
3.5.1 For entry,
award, and retention of these AFSCs:
qualification for aircrew duty according to AFI 48-123, Medical
Examination and Standards, Class III medical standards.
for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation And Parachutist
Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges.
3.5.2 For award
and retention of AFSCs 1A231/51/71/91/00, eligibility for a secret
security clearance according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program