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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland – In response to an urgent fleet need, the Crew Systems Program Office (PMA-202), with the help of an in-house tailor, recently began modifying and testing standard flight suits to create a prototype Maternity Flight Suit Uniform (MFSU), and began deploying them to the fleet within less than four months from requirement to commissioning.
Lt. Cmdr. Jacqueline Nordan, commander, in charge of the Naval Air Force Reserve mobilization program, poses in the first prototype of a maternity flight suit uniform on May 8. (Chief Mass Communication Specialist Stephen Hickok, US Navy Photo)
The program office has started modifying the standard flight suits by sewing stretch panels that provide extra space in the abdomen area where pregnant crews need it most.
Prior to the MFSU, pregnant crews had the choice of wearing khaki maternity uniforms or larger size flight suits throughout their pregnancy. Wearing larger flight suits has resulted in longer hems and sleeves, and if not tailored to the length, those longer lengths pose safety risks. Additionally, wearing larger and larger seamless flight suits has the potential to present a less professional appearance.
The ultimate goal is to have each flight suit tailor-made on demand. The program office is building a “pool” of sizes that can be sent, which the program office has worked in tandem with writing the ordering procedures and the Naval Aircrew Systems Advisory (ASA) message. If the program office receives a request for a size that is not in stock, the tailor can travel to work on that specific size in real time.
“We are proud to announce that MFSU prototypes are now available,” said Scott Adley, Fleet Support team leader. “Even though these are custom orders, we are able to respond to the orders in about three days. We have published the ASA procedures for ordering to the fleet, and after the initial measurements are made to order, the requisition is reviewed, then a custom flight suit is made and the order is dispatched.
The new MFSUs are tailored to the height of the flight crew, preventing the rolled up sleeves or cuff / padding flight suit leg lengths associated with wearing larger conventional flight suits. Each MFSU features adjustable side panels made from the same material as the rest of the flight suit with adjustment hooks, to not only provide more comfort but also improve safety and allow female flight attendants a customizable fit. A single adjustable flight suit can span multiple trimesters depending on each pregnancy, saving pregnant crews the added expense of purchasing multiple flight suits as well as tailoring additional flight suits. large size bought historically to adapt to the evolution of the pregnant form.
“The team that supports the development and distribution of MFSU deserves credit for being able to work on drafting and coordinating ordering and distribution procedures in parallel with the design of the uniform. They continue to provide superior support to the fighter every day, ”said Captain Tom Heck, PMA-202 program manager.
The Aircrew Systems program office includes all systems that directly support the crew and troops or passengers in the performance of their missions, and consist of functional components, internal and external interfaces and the environment to optimize the human performance, protection and sustainment in air operations. . The program office is the premier organization for human performance optimization and enables the Navy and Marine Corps to be combat effective by providing and maintaining crew systems that work the first time, every time .
PMA-202 analyzes, develops and executes innovative solutions that ensure that combatants are equipped with crew systems that are “ready to fight tonight”, through all phases of naval aviation, with the capability and capability to “win the future”.