Engineering & Logistic Wing

Engineering and Logistics Wing

Engineering & Logistics Wing (E&LW) operates under the RAF Brize Norton Logistic Mission Statement:

"To sustain safe Air Transport, Air-to-Air Refuelling and parachuting operations and exercises worldwide"

E&LW comprises a number of elements, Engineering Standards Flight (ESF), the Continuing Air Worthiness Management Organisation (CAMO), Engineering Support Squadron (ESS), Logistics Squadron (Logs Sqn) and the Station Health and Safety Adviser (SHSA). The span of the Wing is diverse with responsibility for everything from aircraft support, the maintenance of ground support equipment and mechanical transport, weapon storage and armament licensing to the logistics of all requisite spares, including those personal and aviation equipment. The Wing is commanded by RAF Brize Norton’s Chief Air Engineer who is also responsible for preserving safety and continuing airworthiness as well as managing both Quality Assurance and Health and Safety.

OC Engineering & Logistics Wing

OC Eng & Logs Wg holds Authority Level K and is responsible for all ‘off aircraft’ engineering and logistics functions including those carried out under the Multi Activity Contract (MAC). Furthermore, OC Eng & Logs Wg fulfils the following additional roles:

Chief Air Engineer (CAE). The CAE is responsible to the Delivery Duty Holder (DDH) for all C-17, VC10, Tristar, Voyager, C130J/K aircraft, Airborne Delivery Equipment (ADE) and Airborne Forces Equipment (AFE). The CAE is responsible for the provision of independent advice to the DDH regarding Risk to Life assessments, in support of the Duty Holder Process.

RAF Brize Norton Quality System Manager (QSM). The QSM is responsible for ensuring that an effective quality systemis implemented and maintained for all A4 and A6 elements at RAF Brize Norton.

Continuing Airworthiness Manager (CAM). The CAM is responsible for the provision of both ensurance and assurance to the DDH regarding the safety and airworthiness. This is achieved by using the CAMOs to complete the 9 airworthiness responsibilities set by the MAA.

Engineering Standards Flight

The co-ordination of all off aircraft engineering activities in direct support of the operational output of the Station falls to ESF which consists of 3 functional areas, Engineering Records, Quality Assurance and the Station Error Management System Co-Ordinator (SEMSCo)

Engineering Records.

Engineering Records are responsible for the control of all aircraft maintenance documentation, technical instructions and provision of LITS support to the Station.

Quality Assurance (QA)

QA are responsible for ensuring that standards are maintained across the Military Air Environment (MAE). This is achieved through a program of continuous audit carried out by the QA Cell supported by qualified auditors from around the Station.

Station Error Management System Co-ordinator (SEMSCo)

The SEMSCo and his small team are responsible for administering the Aviation Error Management System (AEMS) on the Station and carrying out investigations where required.

Continuing Air Worthiness Management Organisation (CAMO)

The RAF Brize Norton CAMO is a new organisation responsible for managing the continuing airworthiness of the RAF’s AM fleets. The Haddon-Cave Review of the Nimrod identified numerous shortcomings in the MOD’s aircraft management system and stated that the focus of airworthiness should therefore fall within the Aircraft Operating Authority’s sphere of responsibility. To achieve this change in focus, platform CAMOs have been put in place to provide the necessary airworthiness ensurance/assurance that all maintenance is carried out on time and to an approved standard, to the Stn Cdr as the Delivery Duty Holder (DDH), for the 5 platforms at Brize Norton. The CAMO’s have 9 Responsibilities, iaw the regulations issued by the MAA, and deliver these airworthiness activities by liaising with the PTs and maintenance organisations to ensure that the 9 continuing airworthiness management responsibilities are met. The CAMO’s will also carry out the Airworthiness Review Process at Brize Norton for all platforms.

In accordance with MAA issued Regulatory Article (RA)4947(1), responsibilities of the approved CAMO,for all aircraft within its control are to:

  • Develop and control a maintenance programme including any applicable reliability programme, proposing amendments and additions to the maintenance schedule to the TAA.
  • Manage the embodiment of modifications and repairs.
  • Ensure that all maintenance is carried out to the required standard and in accordance with the maintenance programme, and released in accordance with MRP Maintenance Certification Regulation.
  • Ensure that all applicable SI(T)s are applied.
  • Ensure that all faults reported, or those discovered during scheduled maintenance, are managed correctly by a Military Maintenance Organization or MRP/Mil Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organization.
  • Co-ordinate scheduled maintenance, the application of SI(T)s and the replacement of service life limited parts.
  • Manage and archive all continuing airworthiness records and the MF700/operator's technical log.
  • Ensure that the weight and moment statement reflects the current status of the aircraft.
  • Initiate and coordinate any necessary actions and follow up activity highlighted by an occurrence report.

Engineering Support Squadron

Aircraft escape slide in Survival Equipment Engineering Support Squadron (ESS) consists of 3 Flights, Aircraft Support Flt (ASF), Parachute and Armament Engineering Flt (PAEF) and Support Engineering Flt (SEF). The Sqn is responsible for the maintenance of equipment associated with aircraft support and military parachuting as well as armament activities at RAF Brize Norton and parented units.

Aircraft Support Flight

Early Failure Detection Centre (EFDC)

EFDC analyse, record and monitor evidence sampled from aircraft components to determine the condition or ‘health’ of aircraft propulsion and hydraulic systems. In addition, EFDC has the ability to carry out hydraulic fluid and engine oil contamination checks.

Structures Bay

The Structures Bay carries out all VC10 structural repairs and work on R2, 3 and 4 assets for the fleet. In addition, it carries out Composite Material repairs in support of the C17 Platform.

Oxygen Support Section (OSS)

The OSS manages the Stations LOX storage facility, securing the availability of both LOX and gaseous oxygen 365 days a year. It specialises in supporting Tri-Service Airborne Forces, JADTEU and the Parachute Training School Worldwide, when high altitude oxygen systems are required. The OSS also carries out the servicing and repairs needed to support both the oxygen systems and equipment used on all the aircraft based at RAF Brize Norton and several JHC commitments off Station.

Parachute and Armament Engineering Flight (PAEF)

PAEF consists of 3 Sections, Armament Engineering Section (AES), Parachute Engineering Facility (PEF) and Survival Equipment Section (SES).

Armament Engineering Section (AES)

AES comprises of the Explosive Storage Area and Station Armoury.

Explosive Storage Area (ESA)

The ESA is responsible for the safe day-to-day management of the Station's explosive-related activities. It provides explosive storage for both station stocks and for explosive freight to and from Theatre. In addition, it provides maintenance of explosively operated aircraft systems and the loading and unloading of Countermeasure Flares for aircraft.

Station Armoury

The Station Armoury is responsible for storage, servicing, issue, receipt and accounting of all Small Arms Weapons and ancillaries allocated to RAF Brize Norton personnel including all flying Squadrons, various lodger units’ and parented units. It also provides around the clock service for the storage, issue and receipt of Small Arms Weapons and ancillaries allocated to personnel transiting through the Station in support of operations. In addition, the Armoury staffs provide down route support to the Hercules Force, carrying out Countermeasure loading and downloading, as well as, Small Arms maintenance.

Parachute Engineering Facility (PEF)

PEF is responsible for the provision, coordination, control and transportation of parachutes, Aircrew Equipment Assemblies (AEA) and ancillary equipment Worldwide in support of all UK Airborne and SF forces. In addition, PEF provides direct support to the RAF Falcons and Hereford’s Parachute Support Sqn.

Survival Equipment Section (SES)

The primary role of SES is to carry out scheduled maintenance, repair and fitting of Aircrew Equipment Assemblies (AEAs) and Survival Equipment (SE) ensuring Aircrews satisfaction is achieved and all regulatory requirements are met. In addition, SES supports RAF Brize Norton operational and training requirements, ensuring the Station meets its ongoing Out of Area commitments.

Support Engineering Flight (SEF)

SEF is responsible for the maintenance of the Ground Support Equipment and Mechanical Transport used in support of operations at RAF Brize Norton, Lodger Units and Units identified within its Parenting Statement. In addition, SEF provide maintenance and charging facilities for aircraft and ground use batteries and in support of the V&SE Role Office at Air Command provides specialist technical training on Atlas Aircraft Loaders and familiarisation training on the Specialist Fleet to personnel deploying OOA.

Logistics Squadron

Forklift in Supply hangar Logistics Sqn (Logs Sqn) comprises of 7 flights: Base Supply Flt (BSF), Forward Stores Flt (FSF), Supply Control and Accounting Flt (SCAF), Supply Chain Management Flight (SCMF), Mobility Supply Flight (MSF), Barrack Stores and Clothing Stores. In addition, Logs Sqn has a dedicated Management Cell focused on Sqn admin and Quality Assurance and Training Standards (QA&TS). Logs Sqn is instrumental in providing holistic logistics supply support to RAF Brize Norton’s aircraft, personnel and engineering requirements, whilst in the UK or deployed in support of operations.

Base Supply Flight (BSF)

Base Supply Flight (BSF) consists of three key areas: Technical Supply Section (TSS), Receipt & Dispatch Section (R&D) and Forward Delivery Section (Fwd Del). Theses areas are responsible for the receipt, storage, accounting and movement of all technical ranges of equipment. Additionally, the flight has responsibility for much of the air freight that moves between the UK and the operational theatres and exercises. In short BSF is a major player in the support to the many stakeholders housed at RAF Brize Norton.

Forward Stores Flight (FSF)

FSF provides logistics supply support for the aircraft types based at RAF Brize Norton (VC10, TriStar, Hercules & C-17).

Mobility Supply Flight (MSF)

MSF comprises of Movements and Supply personnel that provide support to Exercises and Operations worldwide. This support can range from Primary Equipment Pack-Ups (PEPs) provision for VC10, TriStar and C130 ac, to freight planning and preparation for Exercise deployments.

Supply Control & Accounts Flight (SCAF)

SCAF consists of Supply Control, Secondary Accounts Cell, Low Value Purchase (LVP) Cell, including Stn LVP GPC Management and Station Publication Forms Store (SPFS).

Supply Chain Management Cell (SCMF)

SCMF provides logistic support to all of RAF Brize Norton and a myriad of permanently deployed personnel. SCMF comprises of the Supply Chain Management Cell (SCMC), Logistics Operations (Log Ops) and the Ground Logistics Focal Point (GLFP) incorporating Mechanical Transport, Ground Support Equipment and Support Equipment Flight Stores.

Barrack Stores

Provides domestic supply support for all barrack stores items in support of RAF Brize Norton personnel and parented units.

Clothing Stores

Provides Military and Civil servant clothing/PPE to RAF Brize Norton personnel and parenting units.

Station Health & Safety Advisor (SHSA)

The Station Health and Safety Advisor (SHSA) is responsible for providing Health and Safety (H&S) advice to the Stn Cdr, his executives, line managers and OCs of Parented Units, in their duties to ensure compliance with H&S legislation, Ministry of Defence and RAF Brize Norton H&S policy. The SHSA is also the Stn Deputy MACR Co-Ordinator with specific responsibility to maintain the Stn MACR Safety Report. The SHSA is supported by a deputy, who is also the Stn Hearing Conservation Officer, and an E2 Admin Assistant, who is the Stn interface with the MOD IRIS incident database and also responsible for co-ordinating H&S training provided by Specialist Training School at RAF Halton.

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