MARINE AVIATION Aviation Flight Status: Flight Boards, Voluntary

MARINE AVIATION Aviation Flight Status: Flight Boards, Voluntary

MARINE AVIATION Aviation Flight Status: Flight Boards, Voluntary Termination and Waivers COMMANDERS COURSE ASM-52 LtCol Art Rico Behnke 4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke Purpose Marine Aviation Provide Commanders with an overview of aviation flight status issues o Field Flight Performance/Flight Status Selection Boards (FFPB/FSSB) Review of orders and summary of adjudication FITREP Reporting FFPB Issues seen at HQMC o o Voluntary Termination (Revocation) of Flight Status

Waivers DIFDEN Min Flt Time Flt Phys 4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 2 FFPB Order / Background Marine Aviation MCO P1000.6G (ACTS Manual) o Sect 1214 (Field Flight Performance Board): An FFPB is convened to evaluate the performance, potential and motivation of a respondent ordered by competent authority to appear before the board. A means to uphold established standards in flight performance, maturity and discipline and to prevent those aircrew-caused mishaps that can be anticipated through early identification of substandard performers. o Sect 1215 (Flight Status Selection Board) The purpose of the FSSB is to enable CMC to take proper

administrative action and to assist in maintaining a combat ready and effective crewmember force. 4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 3 FFPB 6 Results Marine Aviation No further Action Required o Aircrew did not require further training or administrative action Further Training, Conversion or Transition Training Further training by default is at least Conditional o T/C training will be approved through FSSB/CMC action o Conditional Flight Status o Aircrew required additional training but no administrative action Probationary Flight Status o

Aircrew required additional training, adverse administrative action Revocation of Flight Status DC/A Decision o Aircrew were beyond training, adverse administrative action Rqd Revocation of Flight Status & Wings o Discredit to Marine Aviation, adverse administrative action Rqd ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Transition/Conversion o 4 May 11 Aircrew were not AA in specific T/M/S (Anthros, Airsickness) Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 4 FFPBs and FITREPs Marine Aviation

DC FITREPs o MCO 1610.7F -- 3004.2.c(9) Probation vs. Conditional status Directed Comments o 4012.4.b(5) & 4012.5.a(3) Only if the MRO is found to be negligent, culpable or terminates and/or restricts flight status of the MRO Referencing an informal investigation (i.e. FFPB) without the above is unacceptable Adverse Reports 5001.3.d(6) o o Adverse for unwillingness or cavalier attitude Not adverse for lack of specific ability or aptitude 4 May 11 Bottom Line: Leadership Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke

5 FFPB Issues Seen at HQMC Marine Aviation Delays in execution and routing of FFPB Incorrect FFPB procedures o o o No Convening Message / Notice received at HQMC Respondent did not review FFPB report prior to submission No Flight Surgeon Evaluation / Incomplete evaluation Respondents facing Revocation utilized to fill IA billet o Revocation equals MOS reassignment in most cases Conditional / Probationary Flight Status o ADP may not be transferred until board process complete Poor documentation of case Command too willing to point finger at Respondent o Not enough opportunities to correct deficiencies

Not enough documentation of training ACIP suspension? o COs decision 4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 6 Voluntary Termination Marine Aviation Administrative process Contained in ACTS manual o o o o o 1213.1.c Immediately suspend SNM/ADP from flight status Direct SNM to submit VolTerm letter w/in 5-days 3 MOSes Flight Surgeon report

CO must counsel SNM COs endorsement Include the counseling in endorsement Considered Permanent Effective date of flight suspension & termination of ACIP ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- o Respondents reasoning/rationale for VolTerm 4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 7 Waivers Marine Aviation DIFDEN o MCO 3710.4A A/C Custodian AND Immediate CO, route through Aviation CoC Single Flight/Series of Flights Flight Experience Utilized Minimum Flight Time Waiver Request

o OPNAV 3710.7U Example in 3710 (Sec 11.5) Flight Physicals o (chap 8) CMC(ASM) grants medical waivers (NAMI only recommends) NASTP o o o (chap 8) CMC(ASM) will grant Dirt Det Waiver only (Limited over water) 90 day extension POST deployment Orientation Flights (p. 3.7) Flight Gate (M&RA, not ASM) o SECNAV approval (Direct to MMOA) 4 May 11

Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 8 Flight Violation Handling Marine Aviation OPNAVINST 3710.7U (pp. 3-20 to 23, para. 3.11) Inform CoC Contact FAA o o Local representative / USMC ACDU representative FAA may still escalate the alleged violation Conduct investigation, if required Conduct FFPB / corrective actions, if required Alleged violation to OPNAV N-88, Mike Lister OPNAV letter Command response to N-88, route through CoC OPNAV letter to FAA

4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 9 ASM Website Marine Aviation http://www.marines.mil/unit/ aviation/Pages/ASM.aspx 4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 10 Takeaways Marine Aviation Seek ASM for difficult scenarios. Recommendations of Probation, Revocation or T/C will go to FSSB for DC AVN adjudication Timely submission of FFPB and endorsements o

Voluntary Terminations ADP suspended from flying until resolution Use the ASM Website 4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke 11 MARINE AVIATION Questions? LtCol Art Rico Behnke ASM-52 703-614-1556/1244 DSN 224 http://www.marines.mil/unit/aviation/Pages/ASM.aspx 4 May 11 Unclassified ASM-52 / LtCol Behnke

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