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May 26, 2011
Have you had your say?
Centre for Military and Veterans' Health
Timor-Leste Family Study
Because families deploy as well...
If you have received an invitation to participate in the
Timor-Leste Family Study, but have yet to accept,
we would really like to hear from you!
To participate, please go to the webpage that is shown in your email
or paper invitation and follow the instructions.
We would also like to remind ADF members to help us invite your
current or former partners to the study--to do this, just fill out your
partner's details on your consent form.
You and your partner's participation will contribute to a broader
understanding of the deployment experiences of families.
For more information about the study, please contact the study team:
1800 708 335
A study under the Department of Veterans' Affairs Family Study Program
Nigel Thompson, Program Director,
Air Combat Reform
THE new Air Combat Reform Program (ACRP) is
already producing results as part of its mission to
achieve 'Air combat for tomorrow through improve-
Commander Air Combat Group AIRCDRE Mel
Hupfield said people from across the ADF contributed
to air combat capability.
"As members of our Air Combat Domain, [these
ADF members] are encouraged to contribute to the
improvement of the air combat capability," he said.
"The Air Combat Domain reaches as broadly as air-
to-air refuelling, Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning
and Control Aircraft, the future Air Warfare Destroyer
and Air-Land Integration with Army forces."
One aspect of the ACRP is the Classic Hornet
Improvement (CHI) program, which focuses on
improving F/A-18 capability.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin has set new daily
serviceability targets to ensure 81WG is able to pre-
pare sufficient pilots to sustain Air Force's capability
while preparing for future capability needs and transi-
tion to the JSF. Progress towards these new service-
ability targets has been helped greatly through the
development of smart tools in the workplace.
Two outstanding examples are the Vixen Fleet
Maintenance Planning Tool and the Electronic Parts
Demand System (EPDS).
Both systems have been so successful that plans
are to develop them from prototype to supported
applications. They have the potential to be used at all
ADF aviation units.
All inquiries regarding these tools should be directed to
THE Vixen Fleet Maintenance Planning
Tool was developed in-house by the joint
81WG-Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office
Hornet Fleet Planning Cell.
The system provides a number of visual
management tools that enable squadron plan-
ning staff to see at a glance how maintenance
and operations requirements can be best coor-
Vixen quickly analyses reports from the
Networked Maintenance Activity Analysis and
Reporting System that previously took 81WG
unit maintenance coordinators several days of
manual effort each week.
Vixen has helped 81WG maximise the num-
ber of jets available each day to meet squadron
flying commitments and CAF's targets.
After a recent demonstration, DCAF AVM
Geoff Brown said it was a great capability and
should be rolled out to the rest of Air Force.
THE Electronic Parts Demand System (EPDS)
was developed by two 81WG technicians as part
of an improvement initiative to reduce the delays
in ordering and supplying parts for maintenance.
Technical staff can submit orders electroni-
cally on the DRN.
Supply staff can efficiently process parts
requests in priority order and can communicate
parts availability and delivery estimates back to
An instant messaging function allows techni-
cal and supply staff to alert each other when
important information requires action.
The initial EPDS trial was so successful,
77SQN technicians insisted that paper forms
not be used again. EPDS is now being deployed
EPDS is also being further developed to
provide a range of unit-level time-saving main-
tenance management tools.
Pictured left are the 81WG technicians who
developed the new system, LACs Kai Cooling
(front) and Arun Thangaraju.
SMART SYSTEM: FSGT
Russell Beck displays the
new Vixen software.
Photo: LACW Amy Trebilco
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