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September 15, 2011
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown has
made innovation and improvement
one of his main priorities and is calling
on personnel at all levels to improve
processes, increase productivity and
improve efficiency in the way they
perform their jobs.
"Improving capability and opera-
tional performance is vital to our
ongoing success as an Air Force,"
AIRMSHL Brown said.
"We must take advantage of every
opportunity to improve our processes
and increase our productivity.
"We all need to bring a critical eye
into the workplace and look for the
opportunities to improve.
"We must pursue innovative and
efficient ways to do our jobs, come
together as a team to solve problems,
exploit those improvement opportuni-
ties and maximise efficiencies.
"If we all do this, we will build a
better, stronger and more efficient Air
Force for future generations."
He said that everywhere he visited
he saw people improving their work-
places, valuing people's time, saving
money and improving productivity.
An example of an area where inno-
vation and leadership came together
to better deliver capability was pro-
vided by 77SQN.
THE Air Mobility Improvement
Program has achieved significant
improvements in C-130 propulsion
support and further improvements are
The cornerstone of this success
has been the creation of an integrat-
ed Tiger Team, which was formed in
2009 with members from the Air Lift
Systems Program Office (ALSPO), Air
Lift Group, 37SQN, Standard Aero and
The Tiger Team successfully
resolved critical AE2100 engine ser-
viceability issues which were signifi-
cantly impacting C-130J operations.
Building on that success, the Tiger
Team has implemented a number of
initiatives to further increase reliabil-
ity and reduce support costs for C-130J
"Standard Aero, the AE2100 support
contractor, has been achieving repair
efficiencies and reliability improve-
ments which are contributing signifi-
cant reductions to AE2100 support
costs," OC ALSPO GPCAPT Andrew
The introduction of an AE2100
Engine Health Monitoring System
(EHMS) and a Rolls Royce Deployed
Service Representative have been suc-
cessful in reducing the frequency and
cost of C-130J engine overhauls and
"With the use of EHMS and the
Deployed Service Representative,
ALSPO and 37SQN are able to monitor
critical engine performance parameters
more accurately and initiate online pre-
ventative maintenance to extend the life
of the engines," FLTLT Phil Mackie,
of the ALSPO Propulsions Integrated
Product Team, said.
"Prior to the employment of EHMS,
many engines were being inducted for
repair with major unserviceabilities that
could have been avoided."
The employment of EHMS for
RAAF C-130Js has been recognised
by the OEM Rolls Royce as interna-
tional best practice, with many of the
techniques pioneered for RAAF C-130J
health monitoring now being employed
for other AE2100 users.
For more information on the program,
contact Mike Wilde, Program Director
AMIP, at email michael.wilde@defence.
gov.au or FLTLT Miles Le Ray, OIC Air Force
Improvement, at RAAF Base Richmond at
of a C-130
LAC Chris Hall
Air mobility success
The squadron's Operations
Improvement identified that program-
ming flying without considering its
impact on maintenance was creating
inefficiency in the squadron.
By understanding the impact on
maintenance work and overtime, the
squadron was able to specify landing
times to avoid shift changeover.
This reduced the time that main-
tenance teams were off tools, doing
handovers or securing aircraft after
flying, which meant they had more
time to do their real jobs.
"I've seen similar success in 2
Operational Conversion Unit where
process changes have seen leave in
lieu bills drop substantially while
completing Fighter Combat Instructor
course requirements," AIRMSHL
"To operate successfully today
and into the future, we need to be
able to deliver more capability with
the same resources.
"Valuing people's time and improv-
ing processes to maximise that time
will help us to achieve this by improv-
ing the productivity and morale of
every member of the Air Force.
"To better communicate the inno-
vation, motivation and enthusiasm
of our people in addressing our pro-
cess inefficiencies and improving
their workplace, there will be a page
in future editions of Air Force News
dedicated to improvement.
"I look forward to sharing these
stories with you," he said.
Building for a
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: 77SQN's CPL Nicholas Blomley gives the all
clear to a pilot before take-off. CAF says the squadron is a fine example
of using innovation to better deliver capability.
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
VISION: CAF AIRMSHL Geoff
Brown who has made innovation
and improvement one of his main
priorities. Photo: FSGT John Carroll
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