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Air Force Improvement
November 10, 2011
FLTLT Skye Smith
UNDER the leadership of Commander
Air Combat Group AIRCDRE Mel Hup-
feld and Director General Aerospace
Combat Systems AIRCDRE Axel Au-
gustin, the Air Combat Reform Program
(ACRP) is assisting in an efficient transi-
tion to future platforms, while identify-
ing smarter ways of doing business and
maintaining current operations.
"The sustainable throughput
of qualified aircrews and growth of
a deployable maintenance and sup-
port force are a priority as we face
the many changes ahead," AIRCDRE
81WG, working with their DMO
partners in Tactical Fighter Systems
Program Office, have improved air-
craft maintenance under the Classic
Hornet Improvement (CHI) program.
Some initiatives implemented
under CHI include improving the lay-
out of squadron hangars, introducing
electronic technical manuals ('tough
books'), and placing DRN/CAMM2
terminals in the hangars.
CO 77SQN WGCDR Glen Beck
said the project with the greatest effect
for the unit was building sustainable
flying programs for both operations
"This improvement enabled visibil-
ity for the programmers of the impacts
to maintenance once a particular flying
program is selected," he said.
The project also provides 77SQN
with flexibility to swap between flying
program templates to support opera-
tional requirements and understand the
inefficiencies created by the change.
Other improvement projects imple-
mented across 81WG units include
75SQN improving coordination of
its dispersed flightline, and 3SQN
substantially reducing gun loading/
unloading times from an hour to 10
minutes for every two aircraft.
"The entire Air Combat Domain
(ACD) has fully embraced the chang-
es needed to achieve more efficient
work processes to enable a sustain-
able workforce well into the future,"
AIRCDRE Hupfeld said.
"By working closely together,
the ACD aims to achieve air combat
for tomorrow through improvement
FLTLT Skye Smith
SIGNIFICANT savings have been
achieved across technical support
to Air Force's Classic Hornet fleet
thanks to some ingenuity and ded-
ication from 77SQN's LAC Arun
LAC Thangaraju, an avi-
onic technician on the F/A-
18, was awarded a CAF Gold
Commendation for his develop-
ment of an Electronic Priority
Demand System (EPDS).
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown pre-
sented the commendation which
he said recognised the great inno-
vation by LAC Thangaraju in
developing the system.
"Everyone can have good
ideas," AIRMSHL Brown said.
"It has been your commitment
and hard work in seeing this
through to implementation, and
the fact you were supported
throughout, that has been really
"At LAC rank, you are doing
great things for the Air Force.
Keep it up."
The often excessive time
required to submit priority
demands for parts using the man-
dated paper system sparked the
idea to develop an electronic sys-
tem at 77SQN.
THE fourth Strategic Reform Program
(SRP) Change Readiness Survey will be
open online from November 11-25.
The survey collects information
about your attitudes and commitment
to reform in Defence. Within Air Force,
this reform is being managed under
the Air Force Improvement (AFI) pro-
gram. Insight from the survey will help
Defence's senior leaders, including CAF,
determine how to better plan and imple-
ment reforms under SRP and AFI.
The survey is your chance to
express your views on reform and help
Defence's senior leaders understand
how it is affecting you and your work-
place. Your responses will help shape
the SRP and AFI programs.
A random sample from across
Defence will be invited to participate.
Selected personnel will receive emails
with further instructions and a link to
the survey, which will take around 15
minutes to complete. Confidentiality and
anonymity of respondents is assured.
For help or to provide feedback
to the Strategic Reform and
Governance Executive, email
Now that's gold
PROUD RECIPIENT: LAC Arun Thangaraju with
Photos: FSGT John Carroll
Demand submission time
frames were measured, with the
process taking between 15 min-
utes and two hours.
LAC Thangaraju came up
with an improved processing con-
cept and worked on developing
the initial program.
The system was presented to
the Classic Hornet Improvement
(CHI) project team, and was
immediately approved for an
Following many hours of
work in his own time, LAC
Thangaraju trialled the sys-
tem and sought feedback from
77SQN equipment and techni-
cal staff, and from DGLOG-AF
staff to ensure logistics policy
requirements were considered.
During the month-long trial
the maintenance workforce
immediately saw the benefits of
the proposed EPDS, providing
feedback to include additional
features to the system.
LAC Thangaraju refined the
EPDS prototype to include the
ordering system and a robust
demand reporting system.
The EPDS allows technicians
to work from the DRN, access
publications to determine a part
number and then submit the
demand using the system. Once
the demand is authorised, it is
instantly sent to the equipment
section to be actioned.
The EPDS has directly result-
ed in significant improvements
to 77SQN's ability to provide
serviceable aircraft to meet daily
flying requirements through
increased technician productivity.
The EPDS has also helped to
reduce waste within the technical
aircraft part ordering process and
enabled a simpler process across
The new process saves
an average of 12 minutes per
demand and with about 125
demands initiated a month at
77SQN this equates to more than
300 additional hours 'on tools'
time a year for technical staff to
directly support Classic Hornet
The EPDS is now fully inte-
grated into 77SQN's business
processes and has already had a
positive impact with accuracy of
demands, increased productivity
and subsequent improvements for
CO 77SQN WGCDR Glen
Beck said the new process had
also enhanced visibility of cur-
rent demands, demand rates and
identification tracking of out-
"There is also the ability
for maintenance executives and
logistics personnel to review
trends quickly and effectively,
allowing monitoring of the health
of the procurement system, sav-
ing time and affecting overall
capability of the unit."
The EPDS is now being rolled
out across all 81WG units.
A full roll-out of the EPDS
is under consideration and could
enable productivity benefits to be
shared across all Air Force units
in the future.
WELL DONE: CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
reads the commendation
citation to recipient LAC
Arun Thangaraju as his
CO, WGCDR Glen Beck,
SRP CHANGE READINESS SURVEY GOES ONLINE
Changes afoot for
Air Combat Domain
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