New tech to ease F-35A flight line maintenance [TABLETS]

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Unread post22 Oct 2018, 19:59

New tech to ease F-35A flight line maintenance
05 Oct 2018 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

"HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFNS) -- Maintainers on Hill Air Force Base’s flight line are beginning to utilize new high-tech, hand-held tablets to work on the F-35A Lightning II, the United States’ most advanced multi-role fighter aircraft. “I am passionate about my job and I want to do it well. These tablets are going to help me do that,” said Staff Sgt. Rio Torres, a low observable technician in the 388th Maintenance Squadron.

The handheld tablets will augment laptops, called Portable Maintenance Aids, currently used by Airmen to connect to the F-35A’s Autonomic Logistics Information System on the flight line. ALIS is the one-stop shop for the “health” of every aircraft – used for tracking everything from flight data to aircraft status and supply information.

The “beefed-up laptops” maintainers now use are not always the fastest or most efficient, said Torres. They are not WI-FI enabled, and don’t allow for real-time information sharing. The units are also bulky and heavy and must be manually updated with tech data and other information. Any changes to a jet’s status also required maintainers to leave the flight line to log into ALIS. Now, maintainers and their tablets will be networked together to update work orders and other information immediately, moving from jet to jet much more quickly.

“If we have an issue with a jet and need to ground abort, a pilot will be able to sign out a spare right on the line and step to that jet. We can do that right on the flight line without having to call the flight ops desk for a backup,” said 1st Lt. Eric Dolan, 388th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight commander.

Eventually the 388th Maintenance Group will have nearly 200 of the handheld tablets which will help maintainers generate sorties quicker and more efficiently...."

Photo: "Staff Sgt. Rio Torres, 388th Maintenance Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Jacob Dean, 419th Maintenance Squadron, both aircraft maintainers, use a tablet while performing inspections on an F-35A Lightning II fighter jet at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Oct. 4, 2018. The networked tablets will update work orders and other information in real time allowing maintainers to generate sorties quicker and more efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw) https://media.defense.gov/2018/Oct/05/2 ... 6-0003.JPG (3.7Mb)


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Unread post23 Oct 2018, 00:00

It took them this long to realize tablets could be useful?
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Unread post23 Oct 2018, 00:16

:doh: Security Air Gap? GAP 'merican store - right? Ya can get cammos there. :devil: Security at GAP? USMC hangar WiFi.
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Unread post27 Oct 2018, 08:38

USAF Lass & Laddie was wearin' their F-22 STELF booties in a picture at above artickle (I'll get it). Meanwhile GYRENES maintain stelf the only way they know, with their BOOTS ON (it).
Photo Caption: "U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), wash an F-35B Lightning II aboard the USS Essex, September 4, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Francisco J. Diaz Jr.)" https://images04.military.com/sites/def ... x-1800.jpg

Photo Caption: "Aircraft maintainers Staff Sgt. Rio Torres, 388th Maintenance Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Jacob Dean, 419th Maintenance Squadron, use a new tablet while working on an F-35A fighter jet at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Oct. 4, 2018." http://www.jsf.mil/news/docs/20181019_N ... enance.pdf (0.5Mb)
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