Chief Flight Control Officer

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Chief Flight Control Officer
Affiliation: Federation
Higher Rank: Executive Officer
Lower Rank: Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer
Flight Control Officer
Command: Department Head
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The Chief Flight Control Officer (also known as helmsman or CONN) is responsible for overseeing all operations of the Flight Control department which combines the responsibilities of navigation, flight control, and embarked craft into a single operational division. He or she is an active member of the Senior Staff aboard Federation starships.

Flight Control Officers rely upon visual references as well as a variety of computerized navigational displays to maintain a steady course while piloting the vessel. Clear and exact communication between the helmsman and the officer of the watch is essential to safe navigation and starship handling. A set of standardized steering commands and responses widely recognized throughout Starfleet is employed to facilitate this communication. The Flight Control Officer repeats any verbal commands in order to demonstrate the command has been heard and understood. The Interplanetary Convention on Standards of Training requires that Flight Control Officers be able to understand and respond to flight control orders in Federation Basic to account for any malfunctions or system failures in the Universal Translator.