Accession Number : ADA303844

Title :   Systems Analysis of the Federal Aviation Administration's K-9 Program.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Cormier, Stephen ; Fobes, J. L . ; Hallowell, Susan F. ; Barrientos, J. M. ; Fischer, Douglas S.

PDF Url : ADA303844

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) K-9 Program has been a formal program within the FAA for over 23 years. The local law enforcement uses FAA sponsored K-9 teams to search the aircraft operations area (AOA) at U.S. airports for clandestine explosives if a threat has been indicated. K-9 explosive detection teams are the only mobile detection system currently employed by the FAA for the detection of explosives within the AOA. The FAA has sponsored an initiative to improve effective training techniques for the dogs, handlers, and K-9 teams. The FAA K-9 Program is a complex system consisting of three subsystems: initial training, operational training, and annual certifications. The analysis required that each subsystem be observed, potential problems identified, and solutions recommended to strengthen the program.

Descriptors :   *TRAINING, *SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, *AVIATION SAFETY, *DOGS, *EXPLOSIVES DETECTION, *SMELL, MOBILITY, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THREATS, TEACHING METHODS, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), PROBLEM SOLVING, MOBILE, COVERT OPERATIONS, BONDING, MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT, BEHAVIOR, PROFICIENCY, AIRPORTS, SELECTION, LAW ENFORCEMENT, CONFIDENCE LEVEL, SENSES(PHYSIOLOGY), ODORS.

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Humanities and History
      Biology
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE