NAM PO supports implementation of Flying Crew Chief Proficiency Program

27 April 2016


The Flying Crew Chief (FCC) Proficiency Program is a successful joint effort of NSPA’s NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO), the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW), and Boeing. Thanks to the program, the Flying Crew Chiefs (FCCs) of the 12-nation HAW have the opportunity to increase their proficiency on the C-17A Globemaster III aircraft in close coordination with Boeing.

Although FCCs maintain the aircraft only while on missions, they have to develop and keep up their proficiency while at home station. However, due to the small size of the SAC C-17A fleet and the swift tempo of the operations requested by the 12 member nations, finding proficiency opportunities is challenging.

As the NAM PO contracts Boeing via a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement to provide technical support for the C-17As operated by the HAW, it played a crucial role in the implementation of the FCC Proficiency Program. Mr. Bart Hummel, the NAM Branch Chief for Logistics and Mission Support, stressed that the mutual willingness of all the stakeholders involved was key to enhancing
cooperation. He said he is pleased that this opportunity could be offered to the HAW within the framework of existing maintenance solutions. According to Mr. Hummel, the NAM PO is “working closely with the HAW with the goal to further improve training and proficiency opportunities for the FCCs”.