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Flight Deck Officer (Air 230)

Flight Deck Officer (Air 230)

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Key information


To train officers and senior ratings as Flight Deck Officers in single spot helicopter operating ships

Course details

Classroom and practical training covering:

  • Flight Deck Officer Responsibilities
  • Helicopter operations
  • Flight deck safety and aircraft hazards
  • Preparations for flying
  • Aircraft Marshalling Signals
  • Wind limitations
  • Insight into ground handling of aircraft on flight decks only
  • Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) and helicopter transfer routines
  • Communications – theory and practice
  • Aircraft Alert States
  • Helicopter In-Flight Refuelling 
  • Helicopter Rotor Running Refuelling 
  • Flight safety
  • Air weapons
  •  Flight deck surfaces and markings
  • Decontamination of aircraft
  • Marshalling practice
  • Fire fighting 
  • Publications


Candidates need to be able to operate a high-speed radio circuit in English fluently.

Minimum eyesight standard required is VA3/CP3.

N.B. As the course reference material is on CD ROM, students must be computer literate and conversant with Microsoft Applications.

Exams and Qualifications gained

 A pass gains probationary FDO status.

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