78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
4/5/2013 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Some Air Force aircraft are now a touch bit lighter when airborne, thanks in part to the work of software engineers here.
Since February, a number of C-5, C-17 and C-130 aircrews have been using
iPads instead of bulky manuals, charts and other reference materials to
help pilot and maintain their aircraft. The 578th Software Maintenance
Squadron is sustaining and maintaining those iPads, as well as
developing associated apps, as part of Air Mobility Command's
'Electronic Flight Bag' initiative.
For instance, the squadron is currently converting PC-based Windows programs already in use in the cockpit to apps for the iPad.
"Aircrews regularly take laptops onto aircraft to run applications such
as Weight and Balance and Take Off and Land Data," said Rob Frisch, the
578th's program manager for app development. "We are now converting
these for use on the iPad."
The 578 SMXS is also looking to automate many of the forms crews have to
fill out to gauge the health of aircraft before taking off.
"The 402nd Software Maintenance Group wants to take a lead role as
tablet-based technology rolls out to our Airman and as new technologies
become available for the warfighter," said Wayne Osborn, director of the
SMXG -- the 578th's parent organization.