Air Force

August 29, 2012

Rules of the road, the airfield

Tags:
Senior Airman Jack Sanders
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jack Sanders)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Floyd Jones Jr., 57th Operational Support Squadron airfield management specialist, performs a roll over Foreign Object Debris check Aug. 21, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.. FOD checks are part of training received to get a flightline drivers license.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Driving onto the Airfield at an Air Force base can be a daunting process for any Airman.

There are so many things that need to be remembered to be safe. Drivers must ensure they conduct roll over foreign object debris checks at all FOD points, stay back 200 feet from taxiing aircraft, ensure they’re not crossing hold line and performing many other checks procedures.

“Flightline driving isn’t any different from regular driving,” said Airman 1st Class Floyd Jones Jr., 57th Operation Support Squadron airfield management operations coordinator. “You are required to have your state and GOV driver’s license and restricted area badge before you’re able to get a flightline driver’s license. Then, you have to go through training and understand the procedures, such as performing FOD checks or calling up to the tower before crossing the runways. Those are things you need to know before getting your flightline drivers license, and while you’re on the flightline.”

The tasks may be daunting, but ensuring they’re done right can potentially save millions in Air Force assets and save lives.

“It’s very essential,” Jones said. “Safety procedures and precautions are important, because it only takes that one little pebble getting sucked into an Aircraft to have serious issues.”

Airmen preparing for flightline driving must take computer based training, have a current flightline access badge and Air Force form 483 flightline driving competency card. Drivers on the airfield must be aware of their airfields specific requirements also.

“For airfield driving the final say is Airfield Management,” Jones said. “Security Forces is out there for security reasons, for the aircraft and if Airfield Management needs assistance, but at the end of the day it ultimately comes down to Airfield Management flightline driving policies. If drivers are on the Airfield without a 483, then they’re will be escorted off. It doesn’t matter who it is, if you don’t have a 483, you’re not qualified to be driving on Airfield and driving. You will be escorted off the flightline.”

Construction on the airfield may provide extra concerns for the flightline drivers, aircraft and Airfield Management Airmen. Flightline drivers are responsible for informing Airfield Management for violations they see on the flightline.

“If you see FOD caused by construction, on the flightline, that’s something we need to know about, so we can respond,” Jones said. “If construction is causing FOD to get onto the runway, apron or the taxi ways and if it gets into the Aircraft it could be potentially dangerous.”

Every person on the flightline is responsible for what happens on it, Jones said.

“We must have the integrity to do things and do them right,” Jones said. “Airmen out there doing FOD checks must conduct roll over FOD checks. I see a lot of people out there doing FOD checks, but they’re not doing roll over FOD checks. CMA violations are also a concerns. It’s something that can be controlled through training, integrity and situational awareness. If we all do our part we can continue to provide a safe airfield environment.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant)

AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: Embarking on a journey toward a promising future

Colonel Alex Voigt has only been serving as the Air Forces Southern Chilean Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan for a couple of months, but with a history of Chilean LNOs reaching the rank of general and one even going on to serve...
 
 

D-M commander mixes it up with ‘The Morning Blend’

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) U.S. Air Force Col. James P. Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., talks with TV hosts, Tina Jennings and Maria Parmigiani, during a live recording of “The Morning Blend” at KGUN9 Studio, Tucson, Nov. 24. Meger went on the show to...
 
 

Let’s talk turkey: Prepare the perfect bird this holiday season

Whether having a big group over to share the Thanksgiving festivities or it’s just you and the Family, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table is the turkey. Guests will graze around the appetizer table careful not to fill their bellies in anticipation of the plump, juicy turkey and all the fixin’s. Most people aren’t world-renowned...
 

 
DoD

New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said Nov. 21. According to a Defense Department news release, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the change in DOD’s financial management regulation will prohibit service...
 
 

Officials highlight health, wellness resources for Military Families

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 – As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Rosemary Freitas Williams, Marine Corps...
 
 

Thanksgiving and our Native Americans

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — On the fourth Thursday of every November, we as Americans celebrate the national holiday Thanksgiving. This day focuses on honoring the early settlers, and their harvest feast, which we know to be the “First Thanksgiving.” However, long before settlers came to the United States’ East Coast, the area was inhabited by...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin