Accession Number : ADA617000


Title :   The Proficiency Puzzle: Maintaining Airmanship In America's Mobility Force Since 9-11


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Husemann, Matthew S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a617000.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 90


Abstract : This study analyzes the future of pilot training for mobility air forces in a fiscally constrained environment with de-escalating missions congruent with the drawdown in central Asia. The author begins by providing a background on the approximately two years of flight training a pilot endures to become a C-17 pilot and the requirement to continue developing a new pilot. Then the author provides a structure, based on Dr. Tony Kern s airmanship model, to start piecing together the proficiency puzzle of the future. This leads the author to the fiscal environment of 2013 and the effect on flying hours in the C-17 community. Additionally the author discusses the technology mediums the C- 17 community can leverage more efficiently in the future. These technology mediums provide options for retaining and improving proficiency, but are not a direct replacement for hands-on flying in the aircraft. The analysis provides recommendations for the future and areas for further research to gain training efficiency and effectiveness in the C-17. These recommendations focus on leadership, culture, and mission requirements. The Air Force s investment in a new pilot requires further development, and Air Mobility Command must lead and train these pilots in the future.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE TRAINING , *PROFICIENCY , AIR FORCE BUDGETS , CARGO AIRCRAFT , COSTS , EFFICIENCY , FLIGHT SIMULATION , FLIGHT TRAINING , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , PILOTS , STANDARDS , STATISTICS


Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE