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August 18, 2011
IN THE 'Change in short leave provisions" article
on Page 21 of the last edition, it incorrectly stat-
ed that up to three days' leave may be approved
by a supervisor of a WOFF equivalent in the
direct line of command. This should have read
that a FSGT, not WOFF, equivalent could approve
up to three days' leave in a member's direct line
of command. We apologise for the error.
SGT Jo Clarke
THE new Reserve Posting Cycle will allow Air Force
reservists to align their posting cycle to the permanent
Air Force cycle as well provide new job opportunities.
Director of Personnel-Air Force GPCAPT Geoff
Harland, who launched the new cycle recently, said
that for the first time Air Force was aiming to link
suitably qualified reserve personnel with job opportu-
nities that met their skills and job preferences.
"Apart from providing greater transparency and
objectiveness, the cycle will provide reserve person-
nel with the opportunity, on a regular basis, to secure
a position that meets with their own needs and cir-
cumstances, like their home location or skill sets,"
GPCAPT Harland said.
Also, by re-aligning the reserve and PAF post-
ing cycles, Air Force was minimising the differences
between permanent and reserve service.
The Reserve Posting Cycle is focused on active
reserve personnel; however, specialist reserve person-
nel may be included in the future.
Active reservists wishing to be considered for a
posting to a Band 2 or 3 position will need to submit
a Personal Posting Preference form through their
unit, which must reach the Directorate of Air Force-
Personnel by September 15.
More information about the Reserve Posting Cycle is
available on the DP-AF website under 'Postings'.
IN A FIRST for 92WG, aircraft techni-
cians deployed from RAAF Base Edin-
burgh to RAAF Base Richmond in three
six-week rotations to assist a defence
industry company, Australian Aerospace
(Aus Aero), overcome an AP-3C servic-
The deployment was an innova-
tive but challenging initiative that
has resulted in an increase of aircraft
availability for AP-3C operations.
The final rotation was farewelled
on June 17, with words of praise from
Aus Aero P-3 director Ken Millar.
"Do not underestimate what you
have contributed to," Mr Millar said.
"Because you and the previous two
rotations made yourselves available,
we have collectively been able to start
recovery of the P-3 fleet R3 mainte-
nance debt sooner. Thank you."
OC 92WG GPCAPT Warren
McDonald visited Richmond to view
"I was very pleased to see how
well the 92WG team was integrat-
ing and the level of work they were
undertaking," he said.
Aus Aero's Orion Deeper
Maintenance (DM) program compris-
es an R2 servicing, which is conduct-
ed at Edinburgh, and the R3 servicing
conducted at Richmond.
In 2008 a Safety-by-Inspection
(SBI) program was integrated into the
two servicings to provide increased
surveillance of structural issues with
the ageing aircraft.
Named R2-SBI and R3-SBI,
the servicings are performed at
Although Aus Aero doubled its
production lines to cater for the SBI
program, an R3 backlog resulted
now for reserves
P-3 partners deliver
because of a consequent increase in
The first aircraft impacted by the
R3 backlog was A09-755, which was
due for servicing in late 2010.
A combined team from 92WG,
the Maritime Patrol Systems
Program Office (MPSPO) and Aus
Aero was established to address the
The team found that the best cost
and aircraft availability option was to
increase the production capacity of
the Richmond DM facility by intro-
ducing extra skilled personnel. 92WG
agreed to provide 15 aircraft techni-
cians and a detachment commander to
Richmond to assist with A09-755's ser-
vicing. To balance the time away from
Edinburgh and spread the experience as
widely as possible, the wing scheduled
three six-week rotations.
The first rotation from 11SQN
arrived on February 14. The second
rotation, also from 11SQN, arrived on
March 28 and the final rotation from
10SQN finished on June 17. To ensure
there was adequate supervision, Air
Force personnel were integrated with
the Aus Aero staff and all were distrib-
uted as required across both servicing
The benefits for 92WG went
beyond servicing A09-755. The addi-
tional skills and experience 92WG
technical workforce obtained during
this activity has been advantageous
for technical mastery.
This has been a challenging initia-
tive for the MPSPO, 92WG, and Aus
Aero, which was required to adopt a
step change in production.
Aus Aero and MPSPO have sched-
uled the two remaining R3s to clear
the DM backlog, although 92WG staff
will not be involved due to opera-
tional commitments. Once these two
additional servicings are completed,
the DM backlog will fully recover,
increasing availability of aircraft for
The success of this challenge
has been a testament to the commit-
ment and cooperation of Defence and
Industry to deliver best-for-weapon-
MOBILE WORKFORCE: Three six-week rotations travelled from South Australia to RAAF Base Richmond.
Do not under-
you have con-
We have col-
able to start
recovery of the
P-3 fleet R3
-- Ken Millar, Aus
Aero P3 director
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