Air Crewman Officer Grade

If you are not afraid of heights; if you like working in the air and sometimes in water; if you can meet challenges and are committed to serving the community, the exciting work of an Air Crewman Officer (ACMO) in the Government Flying Service (GFS) may suit you. A GFS ACMO works with a pilot as an integral part of the crew on board an aircraft. He/She is the pilot’s additional pair of eyes in flight and acts as a winch-operator or winchman in rescue operations. He/She also operates sophisticated search equipment on the fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. If you choose to join the ACMO grade, you will begin your career as an ACMO III. Given time and more professional training, you can become a highly-qualified operator in both support helicopter operations and search and rescue missions.

Winch-Operator & Winchman
Winch-Operator & Winchman
Winchman
Winchman


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Air Crewman Officer Wings Badge

Air Crewman Officer Wings Badge
Air Crewman Officer Wings Badge will be awarded to an Air Crewman Officer who is qualified for carrying out Search and Rescue Mission. The compass between the wings represents the critical role of the Air Crewman Officer in assisting the Pilot for a precise navigation.

Air Crewman Officer Grade
Senior Air Crewman Officer
Senior Air Crewman Officer

Air Crewman Officer I
Air Crewman Officer I

Air Crewman Officer I

Air Crewman Officer II
Air Crewman Officer II

Air Crewman Officer II

Air Crewman Officer III
Air Crewman Officer II

Air Crewman Officer III

Working Dress
Air Crewman Officer (Male) – Flying Suit (Summer)
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Air Crewman Officer (Male) – Flying Suit (Winter)
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Uniform (Please click here for more Uniform Photos.)

To join the GFS as an ACMO III, one should

(a)   have
(i)  
(1)   Level 3 Note 1 or equivalent or above in five subjects, including Mathematics and a science subject, in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent; or
(2)   Grade E or above in two subjects at Advanced Level in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination and Level 3 / Grade C Note 2 or above in three other subjects, including Mathematics and a science subject in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent; or
(ii)  
(1)   Level 3Note 1 or above in Mathematics and a science subject, and Level 2Note 1 or equivalent or above in three other subjects in the HKDSEE, or equivalent; or
(2)   Grade C or above in Mathematics and a science subject, and Level 2 /Grade E Note 2 or above in three other subjects in the HKCEE, or equivalent;
(b)   have met the language proficiency requirement of Level 2 Note 2or above in English Language in HKDSEE or HKCEE, or equivalent, if this subject is not included in (a)(i) or (a)(ii) above;
(c)  be able to communicate effectively in Cantonese and oral English;
(d)   pass a vision assessment;
(e)   pass an Air Crewman Officer aptitude test;
(f)  pass an Air Crewman Officer medical examination;
(g)   pass a physical fitness test;
(h)   pass a swimming test, including assessment on water rescue ability; and
(i)   be a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
 
Note 1:  For civil service appointment purpose, ‘Attained with Distinction’ in Applied Learning subjects (subject to a maximum of two Applied Learning subjects), and Grade C in Other Language subjects in the HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to Level 3 in the New Senior Secondary subjects in the HKDSEE. ‘Attained’ in Applied Learning subjects (subject to a maximum of two Applied Learning subjects), and Grade E in Other Language subjects in the HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the New Senior Secondary subjects in the HKDSEE.
Note 2: For civil service appointment purpose, ‘Grade C’ and ‘Grade E’ in English Language (Syllabus B) in the HKCEE before 2007 are accepted administratively as comparable to ‘Level 3’ and ‘Level 2’ in English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.


Selection Process

  • Vision Assessment
  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Preliminary Interview
  • Written Examination
  • Swimming Test
  • Final Interview and Assessment
  • Integrity Checking and Medical Examination
  • Appointment

Training

Upon joining the GFS, the ACMOs III will undergo a period of basic training to become qualified to operate in the aircraft. They will subsequently be provided with training to become a search and rescue winchman in a helicopter and are required to obtain this qualification within the first three years of their appointment. It takes about four to five years of training to acquire the Level 5 qualification as a Winch Operator for night mission.

Other training for the ACMOs includes Radar operation training, Forward Looking Infra-red system operation training, search and rescue winch operator training, advanced support helicopter training and Emergency Pre-hospital Care Training.


Career Path

Senior Air Crewman Officer
General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale 37 – 39

Air Crewman Officer I
General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale 27 – 36

Air Crewman Officer II
General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale 18 – 26

Air Crewman Officer III
General Disciplined Services (Rank and File) Pay Scale 7, 9, General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale 1b – 17
(Note : The entry pay will depend on the academic qualification of the applicant.)

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