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BY ORDER OF THE COMMANDER AVIANO AIR BASE (USAFE) AVIANO AIR BASE INSTRUCTION MARCH 2013 Flying Operations ORIENTATION FLIGHT PROGRAM COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORY ACCESSIBILITY: Publications and forms are available on the e-publishing website at for downlading or ordering. RELEASABILITY: There are no releasability restrictions on this publication. OPR: 31 OSS/OSOS Supersedes: AVIANOABI11-401, 20 October 2006 Certified by: 31 OSS/CC (Lt Col Jason E. Bailey) Pages: 25 This instruction implements Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 11-4, Aviation Service. It applies to all personnel assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing (31 FW) and provides guidance for 31 FW orientation flights. All squadrons assigned to the 31 FW will conduct these flights in accordance with (IAW) Department of Defense (DoD) R, Air Transportation Eligibility, AFI11-401_USAFESUP, Aviation Management, and this instruction. Ensure that all records created as a result of processes prescribed in this publication are maintained in accordance with Air Force Manual (AFMAN) , Management of Records, and disposed of in accordance with Air Force Records Information Management System (AFRIMS) Records Disposition Schedule (RDS) located at Contact supporting records managers as required. Refer recommended changes and questions about this publication to the Office of Primary Responsibility (OPR) using the AF Form 847, Recommendation for Change of Publication; route AF Form 847s from the field through the appropriate functional chain of command. SUMMARY OF CHANGES This instruction contains changes that include updated rationale for conducting orientation flights, Public Affairs (PA) orientation flight guidance, reorganizations of sections, the addition of an Operating Procedures section that defines requirements and guidance from AFI _USAFESUP_1, addition of 31 FW personnel that are now approved for orientation flights, minor grammatical changes, and templates intended for the use of orientation flight authorizations. Review of the entire instruction is required. 2 AVIANOABI MARCH General 2. Incentive Orientation Flight Program 3. Familiarization Orientation Flight Program. 4. Distinguished Visitor Flights 5. Spouse Orientation Flight Program 6. Operating Procedures 7. Incentive and Familiarization Orientation Flight Request Procedures Attachment 1 - GLOSSARY OF REFERENCES AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION Attachment 2 - ORIENTATION FLIGHT CHECKLIST Attachment 3 - INCENTIVE (ORIENTATION) TRAINING TIMELINE Attachment 4 - SAMPLE ESSS AND SAMPLE MFR Attachment 5 - SAMPLE ESSS FOR FOREIGN MILITARY (O-5 AND BELOW), AND SAMPLE MFR Attachment 6 - MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT General 1.1. Higher headquarters guidance regarding orientation flights is primarily located in AFI _USAFESUP_1. This instruction provides additional guidance that is specific to orientation flights conducted in 31 FW aircraft at home station and at deployed locations. The 31 Operations Group Commander (31 OG/CC) has the primary responsibility for overseeing the program. 31 Operations Support Squadron Current Operations Scheduling (31 OSS/OSOS) will track and manage the 31 FW Orientation Flight Program. Commanders must keep the official United States Air Force (USAF) intent of the Orientation Flight Program clearly in mind. These flights are not a right, and the privilege of providing them must be protected. It is imperative this program be managed and executed IAW all applicable directives and this instruction The USAF conducts orientation flights to reward and motivate individuals (incentive orientation flights only), ensure a better understanding of a particular weapon system and its role, or when the flight is determined to be in the best interest of the USAF OSS/OSOS will track all orientation flights and maintain current listings of personnel who have flown and personnel who remain to be flown. 31 OSS/OSOS will maintain annual orientation flight records to ensure equitable distribution between all participating units. Records that are older than 5 five years are no longer required to be kept AFI defines four types of orientation flights applicable to the 31 FW: AVIANOABI MARCH Incentive Orientation Flights. Provide a visible reward to military personnel for outstanding service and to motivate others to similar performance levels Familiarization Orientation Flights. Familiarize individuals who normally have aviation-related responsibilities with aircraft and missions Distinguished Visitor (DV) Flights. Display USAF weapons systems to individuals so they can gain a better understanding of the particular aircraft and mission Spouse Orientation Flights. Familiarize military spouses with the unit aircraft and mission so as to enhance their understanding of the military member s role and contribution to the USAF mission Flight surgeons and aerospace physiologists hold aeronautical orders and are not covered under this regulation. 2. Incentive Orientation Flight Program Incentive orientation flights may be flown at home station or at approved deployed locations. Incentive orientation sorties executed at deployed locations must be accomplished IAW _USAFESUP_ Names of the intended fliers will be included in the pre-deployment brief. If names were not submitted during the pre-deployment brief, then written or electronic coordination is required to gain 31 FW/CC approval. Reference section 7 for guidance concerning request Annual incentive sorties are dedicated to assigned 31 FW personnel Annual and quarterly awards eligible to receive an incentive orientation sortie are quarterly and annual award winners from the 31 FW, USAFE, and USAF level. This includes the following categories: Airman, Non-commissioned Officer (NCO), Senior Noncommissioned Officer (SNCO), Company Grade Officer (CGO) and First Sergeant (annual only). These members are the primary pool of incentive orientation flight candidates Incentive orientation flights in fighter aircraft will consist of a dedicated, non-tactical sortie. Refer to the appropriate AFI 11-2 MDS-specific series for definitions covering air combat or surface attack missions When an incentive orientation sortie is scheduled it takes priority over squadron training on the day of execution. The Fighter Squadron (FS) must gain 31 OG/CC approval to cancel an incentive sortie The 31 FW/CC has established a quota for incentive flights to promote equitable distribution of flights among wing organizations Quotas may be adjusted as necessary to allow maximum participation and are allocated as follows: FW/CC As Required OG/CC 4 per Fiscal Year MXG/CC 9 per Fiscal Year MSG/CC 11 per Fiscal Year MDG/CC 4 per Fiscal Year 4 AVIANOABI MARCH Incentive orientation candidates will be required to complete all training outlined in section 6 of this regulation. 3. Familiarization Orientation Flight Program Familiarization orientation flights may be flown at home station or at approved deployed locations. Familiarization orientation sorties executed at deployed locations must be accomplished IAW AFI _USAFESUP_ Names of the intended fliers will be included in the pre-deployment brief. If names were not submitted during the pre-deployment brief, then written or electronic coordination is required to gain 31 FW/CC approval. Reference section 7 for request guidance Familiarization orientation flights can occur at anytime during the week as long as it does not degrade overall FS training. However, flights will generally be scheduled on Thursdays to align currency expiration with flight accomplishment Fighter familiarization orientation flights should provide the best training opportunity possible, while keeping the intent of the familiarization ride in mind. Familiarization orientation flights may be performed as a tactical sortie, but the sortie type and G-loading encountered should be commensurate with the training goals of the familiarization flier. FS/CC and the Pilot in Command (PIC) should consider passenger experience and training when determining which mission profiles are applicable and appropriate. Consequently, Operational Risk Management (ORM) considerations may limit Basic Fighter Maneuvers (BFM), Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM), or Aerial Combat Tactics (ACT) familiarization flight opportunities. Refer to the appropriate AFI 11-2 MDS-specific series for definitions covering air combat or surface attack missions Familiarization orientation flights may be recurring (section 3.7) or one-time (section 3.8), depending on eligibility outlined in this instruction OSS/OSOS is responsible for ensuring that these flights are equitably distributed Familiarization orientation candidates will be required to complete all training outlined in this regulation section Recurring familiarization orientation flights are authorized for the following personnel: Unit training device instructors (civilian) assigned to support 31 FW operations. The primary purpose of these flights is to expose unit training device instructors to the differences between the flight environments in a simulated scenario versus a real world flight training scenario. Funding for the training for these flights will be provided IAW the contract that is currently in effect Intelligence personnel (AFSC 1NXXX and 14NX). The primary purpose of these flights is to expose intelligence personnel to the impact their intelligence data has on the capabilities and mission of 31 FW aircraft Officers Awaiting Pilot Training (APT), per AFI _USAFESUP_1. These flights will not take precedence over normal duties, and individuals should coordinate with their chain of command before scheduling a flight. The purpose of these flights is to allow these officers to gain valuable operational experience pertaining to their future careers during their interim assignment. In addition, the following objectives have been identified: AVIANOABI MARCH Exposure to the flying environment, including the dynamics of pilotage, radio communications, navigation, and mission accomplishment Exposure to a wide range of fighter missions and the physical demands of flying missions in fighter aircraft Exposure to the demands of instrument flight in instrument meteorological conditions Aerospace Physiologists (AFSC 43A). These flights will allow for a greater understanding of the stresses inherent in high G flying and the potential for oxygen deprivation One-time familiarization orientation flights are authorized for the following personnel: Air Traffic Controllers (AFSC: 1C1X1 and 13M). The primary purpose of these flights is for pattern and air traffic control evaluation purposes, and exposure to instrument and pattern procedures. Ideally, the sortie should expose controllers to a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) base and to the wide range of approaches and operations in the Aviano area Airfield Management (AFSC: 1C7X1 and 13MX). The primary purpose of these flights is to show how the airfield environment impacts daily flying operations Aviation Resource Management (AFSC 1C0XX) personnel assigned to the 31 OSS, 510FS, and 555 FS who directly contribute to the 31 FW flying mission. The primary purpose of these flights is to allow ARM personnel to appreciate the result of their day-to-day efforts. These flights will be evenly apportioned between the 31 OSS, 510 FS, and the 555 FS Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFSC: 1P0XX). The primary purpose of these flights is to show how important flight equipment is to the pilot in a tactical environment Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) (AFSC: 1C4X1). The purpose of these flights is to show the impact and importance of air-to-ground and ground-to-air communications in a tactical environment. JTACs may qualify for more than one flight in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement between the 4 ASOG and 31 FW, see attachment Army Ground Liaison Teams (GLT). The primary purpose of these flights is for GLT members to become familiar with their host unit primary aircraft and mission Weather Forecasters and Observers (AFSC: 1W0XX and 15W). The primary purpose of these flights is to expose weather professionals to the environment in which 31 FW pilots operate and to show how weather forecasting and observations impact flying training and operations Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) Specialists (AFSC: 1T0XX). The primary purpose of these flights is for SERE specialists to gain the pilot s perspective and become familiar with 31 FW aircraft and mission Personnel assigned to the 31 MXG that have a direct impact on the daily flying operations. The primary purpose of these flights is for the maintainers to gain the pilot's perspective and to better understand their critical role in providing combat airpower. 6 AVIANOABI MARCH Operation Air Force Cadets. The primary purpose of these flights is to expose potential future USAF officers to USAF flying operations and the support necessary to carry out the mission of a fighter wing. These flights will take place on a non-interference basis only and will take into account the cadet s current security clearance level In accordance with AFI , cadets are authorized over-water flights if they have completed USAFA Course MT-220 (Basic Combat Survival Training). 4. Distinguished Visitor Flights FW Protocol (31 FW/CCP) will serve as the primary point of contact for DV (O-6 or DV Code 7 and above) flights and will work in concert with 31 OSS/OSOS to obtain approval at the appropriate level of leadership as per AFI FW/CCP will submit a Nomination for Incentive or Familiarization Orientation Flight IAW paragraph 7.3 of this instruction Once approval for the incentive/familiarization flight is granted, 31 FW/CCP will inform 31 OSS/OSOS and the appropriate FS of any special considerations that must be accomplished when hosting the DV. 5. Spouse Orientation Flight Program Spouse Taxi Ride Program Spouses are limited to taxi rides only in USAF fighter aircraft The Spouse Taxi Ride Program is limited to spouses of the following USAF military personnel: pilots, maintainers, flying mission support personnel, and critical specialties as defined by the 31 OG/CC. The program will not expand to encompass all USAF members. Spouses of USAFE military personnel in non-usafe units collocated with USAFE units are eligible to participate in the program OSS/OSOS will ensure individual training and preparation is properly coordinated with 31 OSS/OSL. This training will include a thorough pilot brief for possible emergency ground egress Ejection seat pins will not be removed under any circumstances Complete appropriate hot brakes/wheel inspections (as required) between taxi trips Pilots will not exceed 50 knots maximum speed during the acceleration roll. 6. Operating Procedures Following the announcement of the current annual award winners, 31 OSS/OSOS will create a prioritized list of the 31 FW incentive fliers. Priority will be given to those individuals with the earliest Date Eligible for Return from Overseas (DEROS). This list will be split and passed to the two FS/DOS for scheduling in accordance with F-16D model availability and section 3.2 of this regulation Quarterly 31 OSS/OSOS will solicit names of the top 5% of eligible familiarization orientation flight candidates from each group (MDG, MXG, MSG, OG, as well as 8th ASOS). Included in this request should be a summary of applicable guidance as well as the previous quarterly list of flyers Incentive and familiarization orientation fliers names for the current week, the following week, and the most recent flights accomplished will be reported at the weekly scheduling meetings. AVIANOABI MARCH FS/DOS will contact the orientation flier and the orientation flier s supervisor via as soon as F-16D model availability is anticipated, preferably two weeks in advance. This will include the checklist in Attachment 2, which lists training locations and times. It is the responsibility of the flyer to ensure all training is accomplished and current one day prior to the flight Incentive orientation flights will occur in accordance with squadron Flying Hour Program. Operations and maintenance should make every effort to maximize D-model aircraft availability on applicable days Incentive and Familiarization Orientation Flight Training All orientation fliers will be required to report to the 31st Medical Group Aerospace Medicine Squadron Flight Surgeon s office to accomplish a passenger physical. Standing appointment windows are Tuesdays and Wednesdays , but must still be scheduled by calling This physical is good for 14 days Orientation fliers will arrive at SERE (31 OSS/SERE) in Building 904 at 1300L on Wednesdays of the week of the flight for Life Support (LS) Equipment Familiarization Training (LL01 and LL06), Egress Training (LL02), and Emergency Parachute Training (EPT) (SS06). This training is only valid for 72 hours. This training will occur weekly and is mandatory for individuals to remain eligible to receive their flight NLT one day prior to the flight, individuals are to report to the FS Aircrew Flight Equipment (FS/AFE) for flight equipment fitting Incentive and familiarization orientation candidates, if participating in a flight that will remain below Flight Level (FL) 180, will receive one-time physiological training discussing G-forces, hypoxia, motion sickness and trapped gas issues. This training lasts one hour and is to be conducted by either a 31 FW Aerospace Physiologist (31 AMDS/SGPT) or Flight Surgeon. Normally, this will be accomplished in conjunction with the flight physical by the Flight Surgeon. If participating in a flight that will go above FL180, member must accomplish training IAW paragraph of this regulation IAW AFI , Aerospace Physiological Training Program, in order to be eligible to participate in flights above FL180, all incentive and one-time familiarization orientation fliers will be required to be given instruction specific to risks inherent with high altitude flight. This training will be instructed by the 31 FW Aerospace Physiology Flight. If an Aerospace Physiologist is unavailable at a deployed location, a 31 FW Flight Surgeon can serve as a replacement briefer. This is an in depth brief, and is good for 90 days. Physiology will generally conduct one class a month, allowing large groups of flyers to receive training several weeks in advance and minimize recurring, lengthy training sessions IAW AFI , recurring familiarization candidates require altitude training to remain eligible for multiple flights. This requires an actual altitude chamber profile be accomplished prior to the second sortie OSS/SERE will provide instructors necessary to accomplish EPT and FS will provide LS equipment training and egress training. FS instructors may instruct EPT, if certified, when 31OSS/SERE instructors are not available The FS will provide a qualified pilot for egress training. Egress instructors will ensure the passenger is properly instructed in accordance with the lesson plan. 8 AVIANOABI MARCH The FS will provide the individual with all equipment necessary to complete the orientation flight Prior to all orientation flights, the PIC will brief all appropriate items located in the IFG Completed Orientation Flight Checklists (Attachment 2) will be submitted to the FS duty desk prior to stepping for the incentive flight Operations Supervisors (Top 3) will be the final authorizing individual for the orientation flier to accomplish their flight FS 1C0(s) will then notify 31 OSS/OSOS of flight completion status by COB for record keeping purposes Orientation pilots will comply with FS security procedures specific to orientation passengers OSS/OSOS will monitor each individual s status until incentive orientation flight completion by annotating date of scheduled flight. If a scheduled incentive flier is unable to complete his/her flight due to maintenance, weather, or any other unforeseen factors, the FS will notify 31 OSS/OSOS OSS/OSOS is responsible fo
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