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Air Force Improvement
September 29, 2011
A PUSH at Headquarters Air Com-
mand (HQAC) at Glenbrook to
save and recycle Aviation Turbine
Fuel (AVTUR) could one day result
in savings between $2 million to
$3 million a year.
According to WGCDR Ken
Roberts, from Air Command's Air
Force Improvement (AFI) team,
Air Force consumes about 250 mil-
lion litres of Aviation Turbine Fuel
(AVTUR) each year, which equates
to about one sixth of the Air Force
sustainment budget; about $250 mil-
"Most waste AVTUR is col-
lected from daily drains of bulk
fuel tanks, hydrant systems
and mobile tankers," WGCDR
"Our initial estimates indi-
cated that across Air Force we
could be disposing of about one
million litres of AVTUR per year
from those drains; that's more than
$1 million in value.
"Reducing fuel wast-
age is therefore an Air Force
Improvement initiative that makes
HQAC was concerned about
those costs and determined that if
AVTUR wastage was reduced by
a mere 1 per cent, the result could
save about $2 million to $3 million
a year as well as provide more fuel
for operations and exercises.
Accordingly, HQAC initiated
a project to reduce the amount of
waste AVTUR that is disposed of
Work conducted by Combat
Support Group (CSG) determined
that fuel farms in many instances
could be modified to accept waste
fuel so it could be settled, pro-
cessed and tested and then trans-
ferred back into general use.
Additional wastage could then
be recycled in the same way.
WGCDR Roberts said that it was
work in progress and at this stage it
was too early to determine whether
the work was cost-effective.
"We are still trying to quantify
the amount of waste generated on a
base-by-base basis," he said.
"At this stage, I am working
with Williamtown to quantify their
waste and have some preliminary
data from Amberley.
"The disposal process varies
from base to base and depending
on where the waste fuel is collect-
ed. We pay 80 cents per litre to
have some waste collected, some
waste is collected for free (and re-
sold by the collector as low-grade
fuel), and in some places contrac-
tors actually pay Defence to collect
it (less than 20 cents per litre)."
As a first step in the process,
CSG is coordinating development
work in conjunction with Defence
Support Group (DSG) and Joint
Fuels and Lubricants Authority to
design and implement the necessary
modifications (where viable) to base
fuel installations in order to harvest
Initial waste analysis has been
done at Amberley and Williamtown
with other bases to follow.
"Each will need to be consid-
ered on an individual basis as there
is no consistent design for fuel
farm design at each base.
"No figure on the costs of modi-
fying farms is currently available.
At this stage, Amberley is closest to
obtaining cost estimates. Even then,
the modifications will need to be
approved through the DSG design
change process before funding can
be progressed with any degree of
confidence," WGCDR Roberts said.
IF THE Air Force were a song what would it be?
That was the question posed by a leading
international motivational speaker who present-
ed a series of workshops at Headquarters Air
Command (HQAC) during its AFI Transformer
Music, motivation and improvement were
the themes of the workshops, which were con-
ducted by Glenn Capelli, who set out to motivate
staff to "work smarter in a crazy world".
Capelli is the founder of the True Learning
Centre, a company focused on quality learning
and creative endeavour. He is a leading interna-
tional keynote speaker and trainer.
His message was for all staff to build creativ-
ity, innovation, leadership and dynamic thinking.
"If we allow it we teach it," he said, which
motivated staff to re-assess their own workplace
He also challenged underlying philosophies
and attitudes towards reform and accountability,
advocating a positive future-orientated approach.
To build a positive cost-conscious culture, all
staff at HQAC participated in the three sessions,
which concentrated on sharing knowledge,
enhancing morale and learning new tools and
strategies that would improve the HQAC work-
HQAC Chief of Staff AIRCDRE John Samulski
said taking the time to talk, listen and think about
what we do has improved HQAC's attitude,
which translates into real workplace improve-
"The challenge is to maintain the tempo and
support similar initiatives across Air Command,"
AIRCDRE Samulski said.
Transformer Week was designed to address
issues and concerns identified in the culture
assessment survey conducted six months ago at
the inaugural HQAC AFI Awareness Week.
The same survey was repeated at
Transformer Week and the results indicated a
significant improvement in AFI awareness and
openness to improvement.
And what song would Air Force be?
The participants chose a wide range of
options ranging from country and western to
thrash metal (these were the pilots).
Suggestions included the Top Gun theme.
And on that
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