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Consolidating KC-10 CCTS Training at Travis Air Force Base.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Air Mobility Command is currently experiencing a decrease in its airlift capability. The C-141 fleet is retiring, the C-5 fleet has low reliability, and the projected C-17 fleet is slowly coming on-line, but at a total of only 120 aircraft. Because of this decreasing capability, the tanker fleet, especially the KC-10, can expect to fly even more airlift type missions in the future. In order to meet this demand, the KC-10 CCTS schoolhouse must be able to produce pilots at a reliable rate. Currently, CCTS is done at each of the two KC-10 bases, Travis AFB CA and McGuire AFB NJ. This study focused on the feasibility of combining the two schools into one at Travis AFB. McGuire AFB experiences a congested air traffic flow with Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Washington DC airports all nearby, along with extreme weather fluctuations throughout the year. Travis AFB experiences little of this and is able to produce qualified students nearly 25-50 faster than McGuire AFB. A Tiger Team study conducted by AMC found that consolidation would be too expensive and the most economical means of training was to put the CCTS under the operational support squadrons at each base saving TDY, PCS, and facility costs. Their arguments appeared to have several flaws which are examined and areas of further study suggested.
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