Overcoming KC-10 Formal Training Unit Pilot Production Challenges
Graduate research project
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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Air Mobility Command,operates two separate KC-10 Formal Training Units FTU at McGuire AFB and Travis AFB that are subject to unique challenges. These KC-10 FTUs continually operate behind published syllabi timeline, with severe training resource limitations, simulator capacity restrictions during planned upgrades, large fluctuations in pilot student load and unreliable event scheduling. The purpose of this research project was to analyze the root causes of these pilot production delays and seek to develop feasible recommendations to maintain an optimal on-time pilot graduation rate. This exploratory mixed method case study highlighted crucial delays in the Aircraft Commander pipeline by analyzing On-Time Graduation rates over a three year period from Fiscal Year FY 2010 to 2012 at each FTU. The extent, impact and source of delays were examined via both quantitative and qualitative assessment. The sources of these delays include lack of availability of KC-135 Receiver Air Refueling activities, unbalanced Programmed Flying Training flow across fiscal years causing large variations in student workload beyond capacity limitations and the vital need for Air Force Reserve Command FTU manpower authorizations with dedicated funding to help overcome these challenges.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Transport Aircraft