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October 24, 2013
Air Force Improvement
FLTLT Barry Bardoe
TECHNICAL Airworthiness Advisory
Circular (TAAC) 01/2013 provides
guidance on how to reduce the num-
ber of unnecessary Independent
Maintenance Inspections (IMIs) that
are being performed thousands of
times a year.
The reduction of IMIs has potential
to save substantial effort within main-
tenance units, while maintaining an
acceptable level of safety.
IMIs are a way to identify installa-
tion errors that sometimes occur when
maintaining safety critical items and
systems. They must be conducted by an
authorised person independent of the
maintenance activity to protect against
While authorised maintenance organ-
isations might use a variety of inspec-
tion and recording techniques to achieve
their outcomes, IMIs are prescribed by
the authorised engineering organisation
as targeted safety inspections.
Before 2009, the IMIs for an aircraft
type often differed between the pre-
ventative and corrective maintenance
environments. Technical Airworthiness
Directive (TAD) 1/2008 attempted to
rectify this problem and required all
authorised engineering organisations to
publish a standardised set of IMIs for
each of their aircraft types.
The quick introduction of this
change resulted in ultra conservative and
over-engineered IMI lists. A high IMI
burden was placed on most authorised
maintenance organisations without pro-
viding any additional levels of safety
assurance. TAAC 01/2013 aims to rec-
For further information, visit http://intranet.
Circular clarifies IMIs
THE $7.3 million Air Force
Aeronautical Information Project has
successfully completed a "long over-
The Aeronautical Information
Services (AIS) upgrade saw the
installation of the latest hardware
and software solutions, enabling a
stable ICT environment now and into
the future. Other benefits included
improved redundancy and disaster
recovery capacity. The upgrade also
increased the overall efficiency of
AIS, importantly saving both dollars
Headquarters Air Command
Reform Program Director Sandra
Onus said AIS provided aeronautical
products and services for all Defence
team generates more
than 140 products per
year, all mass-pro-
duced for distribution
to over 3500 custom-
ers," Ms Onus said.
Owing to the
impact of digital
products and area
ments, Air Force's
period of significant
"The Electronic Aeronautical
Information Project is committed to
supporting AIS during this period
to ensure the capability is future-
proofed," Ms Onus said.
The project team assisted with
the upgrade to ensure that AIS can
support the future delivery of digital
electronic aeronautical information
to mobile electronic flight bags.
Deputy Air Commander
Australia AIRCDRE Chris
Westwood is the project sponsor
and recently endorsed the high-level
network solution for the Electronic
Aeronautical Information Project,
which paves the way for the project
to be planned in detail.
The scope of the first phase is
designing and delivering the ground,
mission and support systems that
will enable use of the electronic
flight bags aboard aircraft.
The potential electronic flight
bag devices scheduled for testing
in 2014 include the Apple iPad,
Panasonic Toughpad, Samsung
Galaxy Note, Harris Tablet and
Xplore DMSR LTE.
The potential electronic flight
bag devices will be flight-tested on
the AP-3C Orion and the Hawk 127.
AIRCDRE Westwood said the
project was breaking new ground, so
partnerships, including those with
industry, were critical to success.
"We have been closely engaged
with the US Air Force and Qantas
to understand the risks they faced
and learn from their development of
this exciting capability," AIRCDRE
Westwood said.The triservice pro-
ject is being managed
at Headquarters Air
Command with system
design and support sup-
plied by Jacobs Australia.
Navy, Army, the Defence
and the Chief Information
Officer Group are provid-
ing input at all levels.
Ms Onus said the solu-
tion would be capable of
being shared across other
Defence aeronautical plat-
Future proofing information
An electronic flight bag is a
computer tablet designed to be
used airborne, to digitise existing
paper-based requirements, and
to enable rapid integration of new
technologies and capabilities.
WHAT IS IT?
AGE: Above and
right, an electronic
flight bag (flight
of these devicies
will occur on the
AP-3C Orion and
Hawk 127.Photos: AFI
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