Accession Number:

ADA495878

Title:

Train Our Pilots

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Marine heavy helicopter squadron commanding officers receive no training and have little incentive to maintain their aircraft for future generations of Marine aviation. A Squadron Commanders operational success vice the material condition of his aircraft is the general metric by which his performance is reviewed. Operational readiness and material condition, while often linked, are not equivalent. In addition, the brevity of a Squadron Commanders tour evokes no incentive for him to maintain the long-term health of his aircraft. The data systems used to track and record aviation maintenance are complex, and there is currently no requirement for a commanding officer to learn these systems or how they can be fouled. Without an understanding of how the data are generated and what the common errors in interpretation are, the commander cannot make an accurate assessment of his maintenance departments performance. As the Global War on Terrorism GWOT continues to draw operational commitments, senior leaders are placing more pressure on squadron commanding officers to achieve the mission. To balance preservation of the Marine Corps heavy lift helicopters against mission accomplishment, Marine pilots who are responsible for the work in their maintenance departments need training in maintenance and maintenance data systems. This training would educate the younger pilots, who have a vested interest in the longevity of the aircraft, on how to evaluate their maintenance departments performance. Training the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Quality Assurance Officer will lead to an improvement in the material condition of the aircraft because it will train them to understand and interpret where their squadron is falling short according to data generated within the maintenance department.

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE