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Air-to-Air Refuelling Capability

Air-to-Air Refuelling Capability

AIR 5402 replaces the Boeing 707 Air-to-Air-to-Air refuelling capability and provides a 3-D vision Boom refuelling capability. This created many unique Human Factor challenges, including the operation of the Boom remotely using 3-D vision, manipulating a complex system that allows multiple aircraft to refuel simultaneously and to rapidly reconfigure from Boom to hose and drogue refuelling.

Nova Systems were engaged to provide specialist Human Factors advice and support to review the current Human Factors acceptance program and to develop a test program which would allow for key milestones to be met with minimal impact. Nova Systems developed, conducted and reported on the Human Factors testing, providing a turn-key solution for the Project Office.

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The results of Nova Systems’ testing was used to inform the airworthiness system and this contributed significantly to approval for the RAAF to conduct operations. Nova Systems continues to provide advice in the Human Factors area including the development of acceptance test methodologies and plans for the Boom refuelling. This includes the conduct of Human Factors analysis, review of Airbus Military Human Factors test documentation and reports, and development of acceptance test plans on behalf of the Project Office.

This task highlighted that while complex and unique systems provide substantial operational benefits, the same complexity requires a detailed Human Factors plan that from the start of design through to production and acceptance; to ensure that the system can be safely and effectively operated in the intended role and environment.

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Jeff Perry

General Manager – Aerospace & Surveillance

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team ...

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team and excellence in service delivery within Nova’s Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing and Surveillance Systems domains. Jeff has over 25 years of Defence and Aerospace experience with extensive experience in complex systems of systems projects.

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Rodrigo Osorio

Program Manager - Fixed Wing

Rod is an experienced Engineering Manager, Senior Systems and Certification Engineer with over 18...

Rod is an experienced Engineering Manager, Senior Systems and Certification Engineer with over 18 years of experience in the procurement, integration and management of complex and safety critical aerospace systems. Rodrigo has worked on several major  acquisition projects for the Australian Department of Defence and has been managing the Nova Aerospace business for over 3 years.

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Nick Kemp

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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