Airfield Operations Specialists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.1% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Airfield Operations Specialists Do

Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel, dispatching, using airfield landing and navigational aids, implementing airfield safety procedures, monitoring and maintaining flight records, and applying knowledge of weather information.

Other Job Titles Airfield Operations Specialists May Have

Airfield Operations Specialist, Airport Operations Agent, Airport Operations Coordinator, Airport Operations Officer, Airport Operations Specialist, Flight Follower, Operations Agent, Operations Coordinator, Operations Officer, Operations Specialist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Director of Airports ,

Wichita Airport Authority

The beauty of airport life is that no two days are exactly alike. I can spend a day doing community outreach type activities, including recruiting and negotiating new development deals. While the next day I may be pulled into several staff meetings, providing guidance on policy issues or planning projects. I have a great team of managers in place that continue to do a great job, so at times I just need to support them and make sure they have the tools necessary to achieve success.

Airport Operations Supervisor ,

Houston Airport System

Everyday is different. Our operations is 24 hours with 3 shifts covering that. We do what is called a self inspection on each shift, where we inspect runways and taxiways to ensure they are safe for aircraft operations. Somethings we look for are potholes in concrete that could damage aircraft, wildlife that needs to be mitigated, proper water drainage. We also respond with the fire department to aircraft emergencies and act as incident commanders.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Inspect airfield conditions to ensure compliance with federal regulatory requirements.
  • Implement airfield safety procedures to ensure a safe operating environment for personnel and aircraft operation.
  • Conduct inspections of the airport property and perimeter to maintain controlled access to airfields.
  • Assist in responding to aircraft and medical emergencies.
  • Initiate or conduct airport-wide coordination of snow removal on runways and taxiways.

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