Accession Number:

ADA156820

Title:

The Helicopter to Fixed Wing Conversion Program - A Critical Review.

Descriptive Note:

Student rept.,

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

USAF helicopter pilots are initially trained by the U.S. Army through their undergraduate helicopter pilot training program. Four to seven years later, some of these pilots have the opportunity to convert to fixed wing aircraft via the fixed wing conversion program currently conducted by sending selected helicopter pilots through Air Force undergraduate pilot training. This study reviews these programs and assesses the impact this training philosophy has on career opportunities for helicopter pilots--both for those who convert to fixed wing systems as well as for those who remain in helicopters. Two alternatives are presented which would resolve the problems identified. The study concludes that the USAF could provide better career opportunities for helicopter pilots, as well as improve experience levels in the helicopter force, by enacting changes to current training programs. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE