range safety officer

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range safety officer (RSO)

A person responsible for the safety of personnel and aircraft on an air-to-ground or other type of firing range. The RSO is also responsible for ensuring that the pilots deliver their weapons within the specified parameters and follow all safety regulations, especially minimum delivery and pullout heights. The aircraft over the armament ranges operate under the control of a range safety officer.
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