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SPOTLIGHT ON REFORM
Momentum takes off on
Air Force Improvement
At No.1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU),
staff have embraced a cost conscious and
continuous improvement mindset.
One initiative saw 1RTU utilise
technology to improve the quality and
flexibility of ground training while also
reducing costs and increasing safety.
The Ground Training Audio System
provides more realistic simulation to
battlefield training scenarios for new
recruits. The system provides airfield
and vehicle noise to scenarios as well as
simulated explosions and gunfire.
The 1RTU Ground Defence Officer,
Flight Lieutenant Ian Coffey, said: “Aside
from giving greater realism to scenarios,
the system also reduces the logistical and
training burden by saving time, reducing
staff training requirements and reducing
explosive ordnance costs”.
92 Wing, part of Sur veillance
and Response Group in Air Force,
established a Continuous Improvement
Team in September 2010 and has been
working closely with its key reform
partner, Maritime Patrol Systems
Program Office, to develop and
implement a joint reform strategy.
The AFI Program Manager at
92 Wing, Wing Commander Alan
Lawrence, says the hard work and
commitment is paying off.
“We’ve improved aircraft
ser viceability by nearly 20 per cent since
February, through a number of top-
down and bottom-up initiatives, many
involving our major Defence industry
With initiatives targeting training,
operations, maintenance and supply, the
92Wing workforce is actively reforming
the way it does business.
The Air Combat domain has also been
doing its bit with a range of improvement
activities within 81Wing andTactical
Fighter Systems Program Office.
At RAAF Base Williamtown, both
77 Squadron and No.2 Operational
Conversion Unit have applied Lean
techniques to improve the layout of
their hangars, introduce electronic
technical manuals (tough books) and
place DRN/CAMM2 terminals in the
hangars, all of which have helped to
improve aircraft maintenance.
The Commander Air Combat Group,
Air Commodore Mel Hupfeld, says
81Wing units have also improved the
planning and management of flying
operations by recognising and valuing
the contribution of the aircrew, logistics
and technical personnel.
“This means they are better able to
operate as one team to achieve the
squadrons’ objectives,” Air Commodore
These initiatives have ensured the
squadrons are meeting their operational
and training outcomes while delivering
direct benefits in time on tools for
maintenance staff, and fewer long flying
days, reducing the ‘leave-in-lieu’ bill for
AirVice Marshal Hart says he
continues to be impressed by the
initiative of the Air Force team in
pursuing more efficient and effective
ways to do their jobs.
“They are improving their workplaces,
valuing people’s time, saving money
and improving productivity,” AirVice
Marshal Hart says.
“These efforts to innovate will mean
we can deliver better equipment and
capability with the same resources,
building a better, stronger Air Force.”
No.2 Operational Conversion Unit has applied
techniques to improve aircraft maintenance as part
of the Air Force Improvement program.
Photo: Corporal David Gibbs
is becoming a way of life
across Air Force as the Air
Force Improvement (AFI)
program builds momentum to
deliver lasting reform.
The acting Deputy Chief of Air
Force, Air Vice Marshal Neil Hart,
said: “People across Air Force are
embracing continuous improvement and
innovation, with our partners in DMO,
DSG, CIOG and industry to find more
effective and efficient ways of delivering
and sustaining capability”.
The following examples provide some
insight into the improvement work
“We’ve improved aircraft serviceability by nearly
20 per cent since February”
– Wing Commander Alan Lawrence
By Kamini Davenport
A student and instructor from No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit taxi out in an F/A-18
Hornet for another mission during Exercise High Sierra earlier this year.
Photo: Corporal David Gibbs
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