A team of airmen who fly and maintain the C-17 at Charleston AFB, S.C., pooled their expertise to reduce the number of steps the air crews must follow during pre-flight—cutting the time involved by an hour and a half, reports SSgt. April Quintanilla. The team pared down the 35 sequence of events performed by pilots to 18 steps with assistance from the aircraft’s maintainers. The team presented the revamped safety inspection checklist at a May Flight Manual Review Conference and awaits a decision in August about whether the Air Force will accept the new process and implement it at other C-17 units.
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.