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Air Force responses on F-22

Air Force responses on F-22

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Friday, June 8, 2012Air Force Answers from questions asked during the May briefing to Senator Mark
Warner, Rep’s Adam Kinzinger and Bobby Scott
 
a. The Secretary of the Air Force must stop all reprisals, non-judicial punishment and FlightEvaluation Boards for Captain Wilson, Major Gordon and any pilots that come forward to reportconcerns with the F-22.Air Force answer: Major Gordon and Captain Wilson are members of the Virginia Air NationalGuard and, absent their being in federal Title 10 status which they are not, disciplinary actionsrun through their Title 32 Guard chain of command. We refer all questions on these actions tothe Virginia Adjutant General. Secretary Donley has instructed a "pause" in any adverse actionsregarding F-22 pilots who refuse to fly and the components have acknowledged this direction.Information regarding the conduct that led to the initiation of disciplinary action is protectedunder the Privacy Act and would, in any case, best be addressed by his Virginia Air NationalGuard chain of command.b. Please provide us the assessments of the Air Force Scientific Committee's results.Answer: The United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Report on Aircraft OxygenGeneration is in the final editing stage. The final draft of the report will be reviewed shortly forsafety privilege information, security, and public release.
We expect these reviews to becomplete by 29 Jun.
 c. You mentioned some pilot surveys discussing concerns with the F-22, please provide us theresults of those surveysAnswer: The F-22 community AFCAST and Organizational Safety Assessment (OSA) data arebeing analyzed by the AF Safety Center. This two-part safety assessment was requested byCOMACC on 30 Mar 2012. The results were recently presented to COMACC and he is in theprocess of providing this information to the respective commanders while acting on specific AFSafety Center recommendations. The AF Safety Center Human Factors Division also executedfour AFCAST survey requests commissioned by F-22 squadron commanders in 2011. Only thecommander(s) who requested the surveys control the results. We believe it is prudent to analyzethe entirety of these surveys, with the context of time and risk mitigation, to fully understandtheir results. This internal-use policy encourages frank and open communication within thoseunits, and allows those commanders to quickly obtain accurate safety culture information toprevent recurrences. These reports continue to enhance mission effectiveness and ensureappropriate corrective action is taken.
**No information provided to respond to question
d. We understand there was a recent safety survey of F-22 pilots. Please provide me the resultsof those surveys.
 
 Answer: Yes, three separate Air Force Safety Investigation Boards (SIBs) conducted surveys inrelation to physiological symptoms. In addition to the three SIB surveys, the ACC SurgeonGeneral's office and the 325th Fighter Wing (Tyndall AFB, FL) each conducted separate aircrewsurveys since 2011. Both were utilized by two additional Air Force SIBs focused on the OnboardOxygen Generation System (OBOGS) and Aircrew Flight Equipment. As referenced by Maj GenLyon in his meeting with you on May 15th, these SIBs analyzed these
surveys from early 2011which indicated a majority of F-22 pilots surveyed did not feel confident in the OBOGSsystem.
The results of these surveys were part of the calculus which led to our decision to standdown the F-22 fleet in May 2011.e. Boeing report(s) on the charcoal filter (please include all iterations of this brief).Answer: We have attached the requested briefings (Atch 1 - C2A1 briefing; Atch 2 - ParticleDust Summary) which were discussed at the meeting with Maj Gen Lyon and the follow-upphone call between him and Mr Mark Brunner. Boeing agreed to release these briefings.Additionally, we have attached the Airworthiness Certificate for the CRU-122/P Raptor 2 LifeSupport Ensemble (Atch 3). This document authorized the use of the C2A1 filter for F-22 flightoperations.f. We understand the filter manufacturer 3m has told the air Force not to fly with the filter for theF-22.Answer: We are not aware of any 3M report on charcoal filter. However, in Feb 2012, to addresspotential carbon dusting concerns during flight, C2A1 filters were physically agitated and testedat flow rates consistent with normal F-22 life support system along with intermittent bursts of very high flow rates to put additional stress on the filter media. This testing demonstrated underextreme conditions the filters did allow the release of activated carbon particles, some of whichwere in the 3-10 microns range. The amount of liberated particles of this size was approximately150 times better than the acceptable health and safety limits for respirable dust (defined asparticles less than 10 microns) allowed by OSHA (29 CFR 1910.1000, Table Z-1, allows 15million particles per cubic foot of respirable particles).g. Please provide us the Scientific Committee's results and methodology used to conduct itsstudy.Answer: The United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Report on Aircraft OxygenGeneration is in the final editing stage. The final draft of the report will be reviewed shortly forsafety privilege information, security, and public release. We expect these reviews to becomplete by 29 Jun.h. Please provide a timeline of their surveys, investigations, inquiries, etc. (The timeline providedin the briefing was difficult to understand and ad hoc).Answer: The United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Report on Aircraft OxygenGeneration is in the final editing stage. The final draft of the report will be reviewed shortly for
 
safety privilege information, security, and public release. We expect these reviews to becomplete by 29 Jun.i. Please provide results from Navy Dive Unit study due May 2012 (referenced in briefing).Answer:
Preliminary Navy Experimental Dive Unit testing supports vulnerabilities in F-22Life Support System found in ongoing altitude chamber and centrifuge testing.
  j. Please provide rates of (confirmed and unconfirmed) hypoxia and unexplained hypoxicincidents in other aircraft per 100,000 flight hours to include the other airframes the Air Forceevaluated during the 2011 May notice including the A-10, F-15E, F-16, F-35 and T-6 aircraft.Answer:
Rates Per 100,000 Flight Hours
 
MDS
 
AllHypoxia/Hypoxia
 
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Unknown CauseHypoxia/Hypoxia
 
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A-10
 0.70 0.00
F-15E
 2.34 0.29
F-16(Blk50/52)
 2.96 0.28
F-16(All)
 1.86 0.06
F-22
 26.43 12.81
F-35
 TBD 0.00
T-6
 1.93 0.32Notes:- FY02-FY12 (as of 31 May 2012)- F-22 numbers are an update from previous numbers. The previous F-22 numbers included datathrough May 2011 (pre-stand down data only). These F-22 numbers incorporate reports that haveclosed out since then, and are current as of 31 May 2012.k. How often has the hyperbaric chamber been used for any F-22 pilot (number of pilots / totalduration of use for each pilot).Answer:
Five F-22 pilots have been treated with hyperbaric chamber treatment.
Treatmentduration is typically done based on set protocols, and is not shortened even if symptoms improvequickly. Two pilots were treated according to Navy Treatment Table 5 dives which are 135minutes duration and two pilots were treated with Navy Treatment Table 6 dives of 280 minutesduration. All four of these pilots' symptoms resolved in less than thirty minutes. The final pilotwas treated using a Weaver 3-dive protocol. After the 2 hour and 30 minute first dive he feltbetter and had full resolution of symptoms during the second dive. The third dive treatment wasstill performed per protocol.3 Attachments:1. C2A1 Filter briefing2. Particle Test Summary

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