Training for Three Wars Ago: Antiquated C-130H Pilot Training
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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Being one of the longest continually produced combat aircraft in the Air Force inventory, the C-130H has over time acquired a diverse and demanding set of mission related continuation training tasks. However, the training paradigm presently in use is nearly as dated as the airplane itself. The current pilot continuation training program fails to adequately prepare C-130H pilots for demanding worldwide operations. These archaic tactics, techniques, and procedures TTP pose a significant financial and combat readiness burden on all C-130H units, necessitating action by Air Mobility Command AMC to improve the pilot continuation training program. This research project employs a problemsolution framework to evaluate several viable modifications to the C-130H pilot continuation training process. Particular emphasis, as discovered by data analysis, should be focused on the restructuring of the Air Force Instruction AFI directing how continuation training is conducted. Many of the events flown everyday by Herk pilots have little or no chance at being utilized in contingencies or combat campaigns creating wasted training and proficiency opportunities. Additionally, the same AFI fails to mandate proficiency in tasks by allowing a gross amount of time to elapse between the completion of an event or events, while failing to provide commanders effective mechanisms to efficiently train their aviators. Finally, continuation training would benefit from the acquisition and fielding of small non-motion simulators to assist in overcoming flight training obstacles. The C-130H pilot continuation training program can be improved, quickly and inexpensively, to produce more combat effective and proficient pilots.
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