P/RW-SGN SUBJECT :
DATE1 REF. So.
Evaluation of Project Operationsrogram.
B program in Saigon her six arsia-ied aircraft. Two operate out of Da-Hang, two out of Can-Tho, ant* two out of Saigon. This is the norval ope-ating set up and varies somewhat, according to circumstances.
One aircraft stationed In Dm-Karu* works for1 or COPES. The secondt lr. asslpied to2 or Embassy. 1 aircraft is scheduled tors each day at some locat-Or.ORDS and usually flies more than thescheduled hours. All nonal daily schedules for COirS are at the direction ofFTJ/PSD AdviHjrat the various locations. The.main work locationsare 'isnd Quarg-Trl for the PSD Advisor at these locations Involves both passenger and cargo operations, The oassengers are normally VTi Troops of some description, National Police, ASVN, PF etc.
The Embassy aircraft does notet schedule. Fissions are scheduled as needed. It is interestingte that therearge increase in flight time for the Embassy aircraft durlru; the rainy season. This is due to the fact that many Embassy fixed-wing flights are aborted during the rainy season for weather reasons. When this h* opens the mission is re-scheduled for the 2CA3 airc-sft. Other Embassy missions are both cargo and passengerarge oercentage of VIPs. ThsB time out of Da-Nangsrs. Of thiss CORDS The overall cargo operation averageshazardous cargo.
B aircraft are also assigned one to each customer. The CORDS aircraft is utilised in the same manner ae the Da-Hang, CORDS aircraft with the exception that several missions are flown for Phoenix each conth. The Phoenix missions are usually flying inspection teams to various The normal CORDS missions . Ka-Tien tfflfe Chau-Doc id^and Fhuoc-HoaCan-Thc
scheduled daily ratheret schedule. The ^nhasay aircraft ln Can-Tho does very little work. It is normally used for missions with the VN Rational Police. The total flight tine out of Can-Tho isour- do- month. Againf this time Is for CORrs.
ircraft in Saigonre-sat0 hrs each day seveneek. This aircraft usually flies more than the0 hrs. It is utilised In both cargo and passenger operations. Two dayseach weekt Saigon. Othermlstlons orislrmte at,. Tan-Anhu-LolanO Sien-Roa^H^
Missions also Include low level racons. and command and control operations for Province Chiefs in ARM wiUUry OperaUons. Th* second aircraft at Saigon fllss aosja (wary few) Embassy missions, extra CCRCS missions, training missions, and is usedaintenance "swap" aircraft. Total time out ofarare ofs CORDS.
Regarding aircraft utilisation the following chart is interesting as itthe exposure time as compared to other programs. The statistics for this chart are taken from actualnd are accurate. This chartixty day period, October and November
leg in ain.
Interesting Is the following chart which shows the percentage of project pay that la paid on actual flight time comparing7 program toB program. This is0 day period.
cargo for8 program includes fuel drums, Butane bottles,hard rice, tear gas, and troops carrying loaded weapons andare usually carried hung from the uniform by tha detonation lever.
Most of our sling cargo work is done out of Danang. f cargo out of Danang is by cargo sling. Haiardous cargoverall in Danang Operations.
Can-Tho Embassy mlaslone are usually *ither inspection teams or TO Rational Policell cargo on Rational Police missions is haiardous. CORDS sdsslons are both cargo and passenger and of thes hazardous.
TheB operation isassenger, reeon. operation andargo operation. However, moat of tha passengers are some tyne of TO Military and carry ammunition with them. The haiardous cargo operation out of Saigon. The overall cargo operationaiardous cargo.
the sixty day periodB7 landings and take-offs. Ofware made to unimproved, unlisted landing area*. This means thatrogram landings were made without benefit of any PIC briefing orInformation regarding security, obstacles, condition of surface etc.eliports listed in the Tactical Aerodrome Directory,how aoma form
of hacard. This givesarginal landing area* of thoee listed. However, the information given in the Tactical Aerodrome Dierctory regarding heliports is very sketchy and incomplete to say the least. For instance lookingandomflown oneb. out of Tan-An* find the following differences between the Tactical Aerodrome Directory and actual conditions. There wereandings and take-offs. Of theanding areas,ere listed in the TAD. Ofll had obstacles, uneven touchdown areas, debris in landing area or some other hazard making the area marginal for landing. However,f these had any hatarda listed in th* TAD. My conservative estimate isf our landing sones are marginal.
ORDS operationsemote area operation. This is based on criteria set upage 7PA Saigon and Can-Tho operationsemote area operation. The overall remote area operation. This is based5 minute reaction time0 minute flight from SAR centers.
R.W. Rifchman, Jr.
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