Members of the 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force and the 412th Maintenance Group won the Department of Defense 2017 Maintenance Innovation Challenge People's Choice Award for using small unmanned aircraft systems to conduct exterior maintenance inspections on large aircraft.
Top DoD maintenance leaders handed out the award during the DoD Maintenance Symposium held at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Dec. 4-7, 2017.
The Edwards Air Force Base team competed against five other finalists from the armed forces in the DoD Maintenance Innovation Challenge. Each team presented their available technologies, best business practices and innovative maintenance processes to the maintenance community.
Senior leaders from the DoD’s Maintenance Executive Steering Committee, the Joint Group on Depot Maintenance and the Industrial Base Commanders Peer to Peer Group, selected the Maintenance Innovation Challenge winner during the maintenance symposium plenary session and presented them with the 2017 Maintenance Innovation Challenge trophy. Attendees then voted to select the Peoples’ Choice Award, which went to the Edwards AFB team.
According to the DoD, the objective of the innovation challenge is to raise awareness in the maintenance community to available technologies, best business practices and innovative maintenance processes, while engaging senior maintenance leaders in assessing and prioritizing promising technology to deliver innovative, agile and affordable maintenance capabilities.