Aerial Port team Member (PT)

About FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators and award-winning maintenance training at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

Purpose of Position

The Aerial Port Team Member (APTM) is responsible for the safe movement and organization of simulated air transportable cargo items needed to properly utilize the Fuselage Trainer (FuT). The APTM will take directions from the Aerial Port Team Chief (APTC) in the loading and unloading of cargo from/to the FuT, conduct any necessary safety precautions for handling dangerous materials, special cargo, and participate in the movement of cargo and baggage around the FUT. Duties include on-loading/off-loading via Material Handling Equipment (MHE), securing cargo, determining orientation of cargo, determine center of balance of oversized/outsized cargo, and building palletized loads.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Ensures the use of safety procedures when handling cargo and packages used in the Fuselage Training (FuT) exercises.
  • Utilizes aircrew procedures to operate aircraft systems in accordance with (IAW) KC-46 procedures to prepare the FuT for required training events.
  • Loads/unloads aircraft containers and vehicles in a safe and efficient manner and ensures all cargo is properly secured as it would be for actual flight operations.
  • Possess a strong understanding of cargo loading principles, restraint criteria, and Material Handling Equipment.
  • Coordinates with APTC on cargo selected for training load. Organizes training loads based on scheduled cargo load training activity.
  • Checks cargo against planned manifests. Inspects cargo offered for load training to verify eligibility and proper documentation, packaging, and marking.
  • Assembles, palletizes, and transports cargo loads to and from the FuT and storage areas. Build up pallets and properly apply cargo restraints on 463L pallets.
  • Maintains and repairs cargo training loads damaged in training.
  • Operates 25K Halvorsen loader and 10K Forklift, as required.
  • Performs Safety Observer duties when Material Handling Equipment (MHE) is used.
  • Operates and utilizes a variety of equipment including, but not limited to, self-propelled equipment, non-self-propelled equipment, dunnage, warehouse pallets, cargo straps, cargo chains, cargo devices, pallet couplers, A-7000 tie-down fittings, application of shoring, 463L pallets, 463L pallet nets, cargo handling system components, air transportable galley/lavatory (ATGL), integrated litter stations, and litter set augmentation station sets.
  • Ensures all governmental regulations, company policies/procedures, and safety/security requirements are followed.
  • Develops and maintains excellent customer service for internal and external customers at all times.
  • Oversees the maintenance of vehicles, machinery, and equipment, along with performing various warehouse maintenance tasks.
  • Maintains a safe and clean work environment by keeping shelves, pallet area, and workstations neat and maintain clean shipping supply area.

Minimum Education

High School Diploma or GED required. Associates degree or higher desired.

Minimum Experience

  • Experience in conducting aircraft cargo loading operations required.
  • USAF Cargo Load Team Member Qualification and four (4) years’ of military ramp operations and air freight terminal operations experience within the last five (5) years is highly preferred.
  • Crew members assigned Contingency Response Wing (CRW) or Tactical Control Element (TALCE) duties must have a minimum of five (5) years’ aircraft cargo loading operations experience and meet MHE licensing requirements.
  • Hazardous Material Handler Qualifications desired.
  • Possesses credentials as a US Air Force (USAF)-licensed operator for 25K Halvorsen loader and 10K Forklift.


Material and Equipment Directly Used:

  • Computer with multiple software applications
  • Printer
  • Forklift (10K)
  • Halvorsen 25K loader
  • May operate motorized and non-motorized material handling equipment (fork-lifts, pallet jacks, etc.).
  • Large variety of common and specialized cargo shipping equipment and tools
  • Cargo straps, cargo chains, cargo devices, pallet couplers, A-7000 tie-down fittings, shoring, dunnage, 463L pallets, 463L pallet nets cargo handling system components, air transportable galley/lavatory (ATGL), integrated litter stations, and litter set augmentation station sets
  • Cargo loading documentation to include: load plans, shippers declarations, and passenger manifests

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Morally and ethically influence others to successfully achieve program goals.
  • Fluently read, write, speak, and understand English.
  • Display excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to work with minimum supervision and in conjunction with other personnel.
  • Display ability to exercise good judgment and assume responsibility for completeness and accuracy of work.
  • Thorough understanding of passenger and cargo movement functions.
  • Completion of a basic air transportation course.
  • Fully competent in cargo pallet building.
  • Experience in functions such as processing cargo and loading and unloading an aircraft.
  • Demonstrate good organizational and time management skills.
  • Lift and push heavy objects.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Must be flexible to work on call and or shift differential schedules.
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license to operate government vehicles.
  • Possesses credentials as a US Air Force (USAF)-licensed operator for 25K Halvorsen loader and 10K Forklift.
  • Possess a thorough understanding and application of USAF cargo and passenger operations procedures outlined in USAF directives including, but not limited to, Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR), Air Force Instruction 24-605 Volume 2, Air Force Manual 24-604, Air Force Instruction (AFI) 11-218, AFI 11-2KC-46 Volume 3, and Addenda A.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the teammate is regularly required to sit, use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The teammate must regularly lift and/or move heavy objects. The teammate must have close and distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

FlightSafety is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.