Flight Leader Responsibilities

Flight Leader Responsibilities



Congratulations! You are the Flight Leader. You and I set the tone of the flight, its overall attitude and flow. Initially, your greatest challenge will be to keep track of all administrative requirements and suspenses. Later in the course, you will have to ensure your flight mates continue to remain focused on their agreed-upon goals and objectives (while keeping focused on them yourself). Do not be afraid to delegate. Remember, you are in charge of the flight both on and off duty.

Here is a general snapshot of your responsibilities:


  • Ensure the additional duty roster is completed prior to the end of the day.
  • Review the schedule for today and tomorrow, paying particular attention to the “notes” section. This will inform you who has a meeting and where. The “notes” section is located at the end of the day but applies to the entire day. Be careful, some meetings begin before the start of the academic day.
  • Brief everyone to begin reading the “Student Read File”. The information must be read and the sheet signed by academic day 3.
  • Attend the Student Advisory Counsel meeting today.

Suspense Items at a Glance: (Times and Dates subject to change).

SubjectSuspense Date/Time

Diploma coin money / See Schedule
T-shirt and coffee cup money / See Schedule
CMSAF Scholarship Donations / See Schedule
Blood Drive Volunteer Letter / See Schedule
Travel Plans Worksheet / See Schedule
Flight Photos / See Letter
NCOD / See Roster
Student Road Runner report / Fridays before noon


Ensure all flight members are in place when and where they should be. Unless otherwise noted, the duty day begins at 0715. This will give you and other flight member’s time to address flight/academy business. HINT: appoint someone who will keep the flight on schedule. Keep the flight instructor informed of exceptions before they occur (i.e. sick call). Be sure your flight mates have your room and telephone number.

It’s a good idea to have someone who will remind the flight when important things are due, when meetings come up, changes in the uniform of the day and schedule changes. This is more important than it first appears.

Assist the flight instructor in controlling the class and keeping them focused on the task at hand. Motivate all to actively participate in the discussion and display a constructive attitude—counsel those who do not. It is better coming from you than from the flight instructor, in most cases. It is extremely important that you set the example.

Auditorium Information:

Please ensure all students are in their seats in the auditorium NLT 5mins prior to the stage lecture. This is normally 25/40 minutes after the hour. The lights will dim in the auditorium when it is time for the audience to sit and quiet down. The flight has assigned seating. As the Flight Leader, you have a specific seat.

Be aware of meetings—yours as well as other students. Prevent “no shows” at meetings. Let the Flight Instructor know immediately if someone misses a meeting or suspense. This is a HOT item at the academy. Most of this information will be on your schedule or briefed at the meetings.

Make sure the flight room is left clean (whiteboard, snack/coffee area, desktops, etc.) and the trash is empted daily. Be sure the classroom computersarelogged off, windows are closed, and the door is secure before departing at the end of the day.

Collect and turn in Comm Skills projects to the Flight Instructor on the day they are due. Reference your schedule for time/dates.


Study groups are the key to success. Strongly encourage all students to participate. Please oversee this activity—keep everyone focused and on track. Also, encourage students to provide feedback to each other with papers and speeches.

Although it is the social director’s responsibility, encourage all to participate in periodic flight outings and get togethers. This is important for group morale and stress relief.

Brief the Flight Instructor on general concerns of the flight. Give feedback on student’s concerns or problems to include morale trends at least weekly.


Ensure the classroom is cleaned thoroughly the last day of class—this is normally the day before graduation.