Accession Number : ADA590853


Title :   Consolidation and What it Could Mean to Military Helicopter Flight Training


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Avila, Victor H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a590853.pdf


Report Date : 22 May 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 89


Abstract : This study investigates the feasibility of consolidating the three Department of Defense (DoD) helicopter flight training programs that are currently in place in two different facilities: Naval Air Station Whiting Field near Pensacola, Florida, and Fort Rucker, Alabama. While the Air Force and the Army currently share a facility, they conduct separate training in this same location. The core skills developed in all three of these helicopter training programs are similar (Contacts, Instruments, Formation, and Tactics). Future defense spending cuts may demand training consolidation among the different services. This study investigates whether consolidation is possible for U.S. military helicopter flight training. Both the helicopter portion and the fixed wing portion of the Services' flight syllabi were analyzed, as it was deemed critical to deciding if consolidation is possible. Currently the Air Force and Navy use the fixed wing portion of the flight training program as a precursor to the helicopter training. Fixed wing training is currently not being provided to Army helicopter pilot candidates. Since the 1970s, a number of studies have been conducted on consolidating all of the flight training pipelines. There have been a number of consolidations between the Air Force and the Navy, but these have been limited to fixed-wing primary and advanced multi-engine training. This study concludes that helicopter flight training consolidation will need further study by the GAO and will be a long-term endeavor. Near-term recommendations include a personnel exchange program for both students and instructors.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE TRAINING , *ARMY TRAINING , *FLIGHT TRAINING , *HELICOPTERS , *INTEGRATION , *NAVAL TRAINING , *PILOTS , ALABAMA , COST REDUCTION , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , FLORIDA , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , MILITARY BUDGETS , SKILLS , THESES


Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Helicopters
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE