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Aerial Refueling Systems Incident Investigation Guide

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Technical Report]

Corporate Author:

Aerial Refueling Systems Advisory Group, ARSAG International

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Aerial Refueling AR incidents, such as boom nozzle strikes outside the receptacle, drogue slaps to fuselage or canopy, and probebasket separations often go unreported because the damage does not meet the services safety reporting thresholds. This document is intended to provide some basic guidelines on the gathering of information from such non-reportable AR incidents, but is not intended to be used for formal investigations of accidents or mishaps. Data for such investigations should be obtained from, but not limited to, aircraft AR configurations design, procedure, documentation, aircraft flight data recorder FDR, pilot and boomer narratives, and historical maintenance. The document has four major sections to solicit investigative questions relevant to boom-equipped tanker, receptacle-equipped receiver, drogue-equipped tanker including the Boom Drogue Adapter, and probe-equipped receiver aircraft. Each question addresses critical information that should be collected for investigation into an aerial refueling incident between the tanker and receiver aircraft. There are also sections to provide guidance on types of agreements between program offices and repository proposals to access the data for future designs.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Transport Aircraft
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]