May 5, 2015
Boeing upgrading Australian F/A-18 Trainers to aid maintenance effectiveness
Boeing will update two maintenance trainers for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) so they better support the RAAF’s F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft. Australia is the only nation other than the United States flying F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters and EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft. While it operates the two-seat F variant of the Super Hornet, its current trainer configuration is for the single-seat variant. The update will change that while also making Australia’s two Integrated Visual Environment Maintenance Trainers (IVEMT) specifically applicable to the RAAF’s EA-18G aircraft. “The trainers need software upgrades to stay current with the aircraft,” said Tom Lavender, manager, Boeing Navy Training program. “Using the same software in both the trainer and the aircraft allows Super Hornet technicians to perform maintenance tasks exactly as they would on the actual aircraft.” The upgraded trainers will support technicians working on both platforms and will provide them with a key tool to qualify as Super Hornet and Growler technicians.