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THE CHALLENGE ….Time to Change the Paradigm
USAID (IMSuRT & USAR) currently deploy on commercial charter aircraft or along with
mixture of USAF TRANSCOM aircraft. This method can lead to :
The Response Gap
Delayed deployment from days to even a week
or more due to lack of aircraft availability. And/or
The Aging Aircraft Fleet
An aging fleet means weight and flight time limitations, a total lack of availability, or at best, lengthy delays . Limited and time consuming reconfigurations result in further delays or costly re-positioning flights. Typical TRANSCOM replacement charters result in configuration delays and/or repositioning fees.
Historically, disaster response evolutions have resulted in flight where cargo/passenger flights have deployed disjointed causing an arrival of passengers and cargo at different times and sometimes in different locations!
Limited Configuration Capability
Load factors are not maximized. Aircraft do not have the capability to be reconfigured for a different type of mission at the disaster site so that they can be immediately utilized for back hauling or for the mixed carriage of passenger/cargo, cargo/litter, or passenger/liter capability. Generally there is a deadhead leg to a location where the aircraft can under go a reconfiguration.
Landing Access Denied!
Many times aircraft are not permitted to access an area of the emergent event due to the fact that they are aircraft of military livery. Historically, aircraft have been unable to land at the disaster site because there is no off-loading capability available.
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