Home' Air Force News : March 29th 2012 Contents SIXTEEN new Air Force Improvement
(AFI) team members have graduated
from an intensive four-week training
program to become AFI consultants.
They will now assist units across Air
Force to implement reform.
Deputy Director AFI WGCDR David
Honeyman said the 2012 cohort of new
consultants represented the biggest AFI
intake to date and would join existing
teams which support all major Air Force
bases across Australia.
"This investment clearly demon-
strates Air Force's commitment to con-
tinuous improvement and reform," he
"Each of our members brings with
them a unique set of experiences from
their Air Force careers as well as new
skill sets learned during their training at
the University of Technology, Sydney.
"We have a wide range of experience
across the team, with members from all
walks of life -- including avionics, air-
craft, communication and ground sup-
port technicians; administration, logis-
tics, engineering and medical personnel;
APS members, and our first cook."
The AFI teams provide support to
the FEG-based reform programs, and
Air Force units and their partners in the
Defence Materiel Organisation who are
interested in improving the way they do
"Our AFI teams can provide advice,
training in Lean process improvement
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March 29, 2012
Air Force Improvement
THE Training Aircraft Systems
Program Office (TASPO) has had
great success in improving its pro-
cesses, delivering improved service
to its customers in Air Force and
providing a better quality of working
life for TASPO staff.
TASPO supports the PC-9/A and
B300 aircraft for Air Force, and both
teams have grasped the improve-
ment challenge, with support from
the Air Force Improvement (AFI)
Team at RAAF Williams.
The PC-9/A team had issues
with its supply chain processes that
had been frustrating it for some
time, particularly with the purchase
Through the application of Lean
process improvement principles,
it removed the waste from this
process, thereby reducing the time
required to process a purchase
order for break-down spares and
TASPO business manager
Graeme Horne said they were able
to re-invest the time saved on the
purchase order process into other
areas of their business that were
"The great benefit of this has
been that we've reduced pressures
across the team, thereby increasing
our ability to meet our customer's
needs," he said.
The B300 Team saw similar ben-
efits from its improvement work.
"The team took a close look at
what they were doing and what the
contractor was doing. There was a
lot of cross-over where we weren't
making the best use of the contract
and, as a result, we were creating
more work for ourselves," Mr Horne
"We also worked with our chief
engineer to get the delegation of
engineering approvals at the low-
est possible level, which removed
blockages in the process.
"That means we can now pro-
cess these decisions much more
"The success of this work has
seen morale within TASPO improve
as staff have been able to put their
ideas forward, and see them imple-
"We're now looking at what
other opportunities we have for
improving how we do things."
ready to roll
On the right path at TASPO
PLATFORM FOR SUCCESS:
TASPO has improved
processes to better service its
customers -- operators of the
B300 King Air (pictured) and
PC-9/A aircraft in Air Force.
Photo: WOFF Ray Bennell
You can contact AFI teams through:
SQNLDR Iain Skea, Canberra/
Richmond -- firstname.lastname@example.org;
(02) 6266 7875.
FLTLT Todd Byron, Amberley -- todd.
email@example.com; (07) 5361
FLTLT Scott Schultz, Edinburgh --
Brett Morrison, Williams -- brett.morri-
firstname.lastname@example.org; (03) 9256 2191.
FLTLT Kylie Roempke, Williamtown --
tools, and direct support in implement-
ing improvement projects," WGCDR
The Director Capability Reform
at Air Force Training Group, Adrian
Xavier, has worked with the AFI team at
RAAF Base Williams.
"The AFI team has been a valuable
partner for our reform program in the Air
Force Training Domain," Mr Xavier said.
"They have helped our people to bet-
ter understand how to 'value-add' to the
services provided for customers as well
as give them some of the tools to do it in
Members who want to reduce the
frustration in their day, improve their
workplace and be a part of improving the
Air Force of the future should contact
their local AFI team.
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