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ON THE JOB SQUADRON OPERATIONS
Elisha started her career in Air Traffic Control at RAF Benson and then transferred to 33 Sqn to be an Operations Assistant on a flying squadron .
“ THE OPPORTUNITIES GIVEN BY WORKING ON THE SQUADRON HAVE BEEN GREAT IF YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL ”
“ My day to day job on the squadron consists of aiding essential aircraft operations for the Puma Helicopter . There are two parts to working on the Puma Force – The Ops desk and flight planning . On the Ops desk , we manage the various bookings for departing crews and keep a watchful eye over both the booking system and the low flying system for various conflictions that may need highlighting . We ensure that communication between the Engineers , Ops and the crews is maintained resolving issues that may evolve from un-serviceability of aircraft or changes . We prepare and issue various equipment crews require when departing including documents , forms and fuel cards . It is our job to liaise with other sections such as Air Traffic Control and Station Ops to ensure the mission runs smoothly . The opportunities given by working on the squadron have been great if you like to travel . I have deployed all over the world including various UK exercises such as Ex CHAMELEON at RAF Leeming . Other places I have deployed to are Jordan , Germany and the USA where I have been supporting aircrew training and working with our NATO partners . I have recently come back from operations in Afghanistan supporting our remaining helicopter force who are integral to the security in and around Kabul .”