Subject: Sterile Cockpit and Airtanker Roll Times
Area of Concern: Flight Safety
Distribution: All Aviation Users
Discussion: Effective communication of mission essential information during critical phases of flight requires an environment that’s void of non-essential communication or other distractions and embodies the “ABCs” (Accurate, Bold and Concise). Large and Very Large Airtanker contracts require flight time to be calculated from takeoff roll to chocks. While the elapsed time is used for determining flight time and cost, communicating the roll time and other mission related information during critical phases of flight can impact a crew’s ability to operate safely.