Straight from the Source: An Analysis of the Inbound Aircraft Notification Process
Technical Report,01 May 2018,14 Jun 2019
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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This paper evaluates the current C2 information flow processes at the Air Base level. Specifically, the process for relaying inbound C-17 information to support agencies was examined to assess the timing and quality of the information transmitted. Adequacy of the current process will be determined by comparing the average lead time of inbound calls to the time required for support agency preparation and response, and to a limited extent, the accuracy of the information as it is relayed. Subsequently, a future state was proposed that, where applicable, replaces VHFUHF radio transmissions with Beyond Line-Of-Sight BLOS capabilities such as Aircraft Communications, Addressing, and Reporting System ACARS similar to the processes used by commercial airline operations centers. The results indicate that, while the radio transmissions are adequate for most responding support agencies, using BLOS communications in the inbound C-17 notification process can eliminate redundant communications and increase notification lead time. The results also revealed that the Subject Matter Experts SMEs are interested in the benefits of BLOS capabilities, like ACARS, for several reasons including better scheduling and utilization of manpower and resources.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Non-Radio Communications