By David Wadman
This most up-to-date two-part paintings offers a research of one other major arm of the Luftwaffe, the Aufklarungsflieger or reconnaissance devices. even though such operations are often erroneously perceived as being of secondary significance as a result of their loss of offensive functionality, the Luftwaffe was once very complicated in figuring out the advantages of reconnaissance. in reality no unmarried arm of the Luftwaffe operated at any such broad variety of airplane varieties and plenty of of the operations performed via the Aufklarungsflieger devices have been of important value. this primary quantity will conceal the airplane and operations of the reconnaissance devices from their origins in clandestine survey and photographic paintings over Poland and the uk within the overdue Thirties via to their first operational use through the Spanish Civil battle. They have been lively within the skies throughout Europe, from Poland within the east to Britain within the west. in addition they performed their half within the invasions of the Balkans and Russia. at the Russian and Mediterranean fronts, short-range reconnaissance often concerned low-level missions over enemy territory utilizing the Fieseler Fi156 Storch and Hs126 biplanes, notwithstanding Bf109s and Fw190s have been additionally hired on such actions. additionally incorporated during this e-book may be an outline of the comparable "Wekusta" or climate reconnaissance devices, accountable for the gathering of meteorological information the place, as a result proximity of the enemy, general land-based commentary was once now not on hand. those devices have been assigned on to the Meteorological carrier of the Luftwaffe excessive Command and have been thought of very precious resources.
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More about this in Techie Stuff 15 (Chapter 13). If your Company does its own maintenance, you will find instead a Maintenance Manager and Chief Engineer, who will have to order spares and schedule maintenance in a timely fashion, together with everything else to run an efficient organisation. Engineers These are the guys who keep you up in the air, and it's not a good idea to upset them. They start work when you stop, often late in the night so you can fly next morning. Not only that, they have no duty hour regulations, so anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.
Of course, they serve meals and refreshments as well, but don't underestimate their qualifications—a proper training course is quite rigorous. The old RAF joke about a coffee machine being a flight 21 simulator for a Loadmaster is not appreciated! In UK, there isn't a Cabin Crew Licence as such; any certificates are granted internally by the company. Others There may well be other staff around, such as Flight Despatcher, Flight Follower, Ramp Officer, Senior Steward(ess), etc. who are not catered for here, but it shouldn't be hard to deduce what they get up to, given the above examples.
Time spent on essential duties required by the Company after duty are not part of any rest period. You should have your rest periods (see also Duty Cycles) rostered enough in advance to get your proper rest.