The Services Can Further Refine Management of Flying Hour Programs

LCD-79-401: Published: Mar 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1979.

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In 1976 a review of the flying hour programs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force presented recommendations for improving those programs. Substantial progress has been made since that review; however, recommendations for further improvement are presented.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should develop and implement improved guidance for managing the services' flying hour programs with particular emphasis on: (1) identifying the skills and qualities needed by commanders of multipiloted aircraft and establishing systems to monitor pilot progress without relying on minimum flying hour criteria; (2) using full flying training requirements of the baseline for readiness measurement; (3) assuring that flying hour requirements are based on assigned pilots, operational constraints are considered, and operational support flying is limited to training requirements; (4) identifying tasks and events to be done in simulators and doing them in simulators to the extent possible, giving priority to events reducing the number of flying hours the most; and (5) providing a better definition of who should not fly.

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