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February 28, 2013
Air Force Improvement
NUMBER 44 Wing has successful-
ly introduced a new process to make
operational software changes to the
Australian Defence Air Traffic System
(ADATS) that drastically reduces pro-
cessing times and could potentially
save Defence more than $1 million.
By adding the responsibility for
making operational software changes
to the 44WG ADATS Adaptation Data
System (AADS) Cell duties, essential
software changes can be made effi-
ciently and professionally by an exist-
ing Air Force team, reducing the cost
of contractor support.
Air Force provides Air Base Air
Traffic Services at 11 sites across
Australia. At each of these sites, por-
tions of the ADATS software need to
be adapted to meet local requirements.
Some of the important changes that
need to be made are to the ADATS
communications switch which con-
trols the external agencies that the
joint battlefield airspace controllers
are able to call.
Traditionally, these changes to
the ADATS communications switch
have been made using contractor sup-
port, but last year, SQNLDR Martin
Lankshear, Staff Officer for Air Force
Improvement at Headquarters 44WG,
instigated an investigation with the
AADS Cell to scope making some of
the changes in-house.
“44WG had looked at the possibil-
ity of making these changes before
without success, however, I thought
that we would try again under the AFI
Continuous Improvement banner,”
SQNLDR Lankshear said.
Within 44WG, the AADS Cell had
already been established to manage
the configuration of the data process-
ing and display system for the ADATS
Radar and were approached about tak-
ing on the task of making the changes
to the Switch Adaptation Data as well.
OC 44WG GPCAPT Stephen
Edgeley said the staff within the
AADS Cell were highly trained indi-
viduals that provided the wing with an
extremely specialised service.
“Being able to make greater use of
the capability they provide enhances
44WG’s ability to support air oper-
ations and makes better use of our
resources,” he said.
System Program Office staff, HQ
44WG personnel and the AADS Cell
worked hard to seek a solution that
both increased operational effective-
ness and reduced costs while main-
taining the required quality of the
“This is a great example of what
Air traffic cooperation
can be achieved in the spirit of coop-
eration between agencies to foster the
culture of continuous improvement
within Air Force,” GPCAPT Edgeley
44WG introduces in-house software changes,
resulting in reduction to support costs
This is a great example of what can be achieved
in the spirit of cooperation between agencies to
foster the culture of continuous improvement
within Air Force.
– GPCAPT Stephen Edgeley
KEEPING IT IN
Photo: CPL Glen
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