HomeNewsArticle Display

Scheduling training is about to get easier for C-17 crews

U.S. Air Force Maj. Tien Phung (left) and Maj. Stan Schmotzer (right), 701st Airlift Squadron C-17A Globemaster III pilots, perform pre-flight checks on the aircraft before conducting a local training sortie at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. March 5, 2020.

Maj. Tien Phung and Maj. Stan Schmotzer, 701st Airlift Squadron C-17A Globemaster III pilots, perform pre-flight checks before conducting a local training sortie at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., March 5, 2020. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) --

Scheduling training for C-17 Globemaster III pilots and crew is about to get easier with the launch of Puckboard, a data-powered software application to plan aircrew qualification flights automatically. The tool, developed by and for Airmen, allows schedulers to rapidly match aircraft commanders, pilots, and loadmasters with available flights to complete currency requirements such as aerial refueling and tactical training events required throughout the year.

The digital interface, which will start using live data March 20, enables planners to visualize flight schedules and generates recommended schedules for each crew member while taking into consideration required qualifications, crew rest and conflicting events.

Previously, the process required Airmen to shuffle ‘pucks’ around a whiteboard to determine the best match manually – often taking a 10-20 person operations team several days to produce a viable plan for the week, with changes frequently required at the last minute. With Puckboard, events are automatically populated in a matter of seconds, allowing planners to dedicate additional time to developing more individualized and dynamic training for each crew member.

“Before Puckboard, the process of scheduling training was slow and outdated,” said Capt. Eric Robinson, 15th Wing Aloha Spark team and director of the newly established agile software development effort dubbed ‘TRON’ at Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii.

“We are now at the beginning of a complete overhaul (of the scheduling process), starting with the current Puckboard product, that will continue to be improved until the old process is an afterthought.”

According to Robinson, the team’s goal is to help provide “the tools and technology that Airmen need to be able to refocus on their training, families and the mission.”

Puckboard also enables easier schedule modifications when conflicts occur, like mechanical issues and mission changes, for example. With more adaptable and consistent planning, the development team expects to see more productive training sorties and better utilization of allotted squadron flying hours.

“Twenty first-century technologies like Puckboard can have a tremendous impact on Air Force readiness and its ability to generate combat capability, not only by saving Airmen time and effort, but by optimizing how we fly, train and utilize our assets,” said Roberto Guerrero, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, whose office is supporting the initiative.

The team of Airmen and contractors at TRON began the project in September 2019, utilizing work already completed with the Defense Innovation Unit and the Marine Corps on a similar initiative for the MV-22 Osprey fleet. By February 2020, they were able to create a Minimally Viable Product on an Air Force Cloud One secure platform.

“By using open source architecture, we’re demonstrating how the Air Force can use off-the-shelf code to develop and execute effective software quickly,” Robinson continued. “Our goal is to make this type of platform the new standard for mobility operations.”

While the first phase of development is complete and Puckboard is being implemented for the C-17 fleet, the team and AFWERX are hosting a “Datathon” in the coming months to improve the application further.

With support from the Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, TRON has begun the next step of integrating with the Aviation Resource Management System to ensure the tool can expand, scale and synchronize with existing systems of record. The team aims to make the source code available by request inside of Platform One, the Defense Department’s combined software delivery capability, for any DoD team in need of a similar solution.

Engage

Twitter
An exclusive inside look at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, part of the Air Force Installation and Mission Sup… https://t.co/yKmxltx8jY
Twitter
Check out the Weapons Bay Door Pass maneuver! @F35demoteam https://t.co/UMiq6jrsjt
Twitter
How do you show your pride? 🏳️‍🌈 📹 U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Lexie West @RAFMildenhall #ReadyAF #AimHighhttps://t.co/igxb1cFKxa
Twitter
Many have invisible wounds. Our Airmen are our most valuable asset -- we must continue education and encourage tho… https://t.co/lZORmqacPL
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: .@WI_Guard teams have surpassed a milestone of 150,000 #COVID19 specimens collected, supporting a statewide effort to inc…
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to the 56th ARS at Altus AFB, Okla., prepares to refuel a C-17 Globemaster III from the 58th AS du…
Twitter
Take a look at @3WG_CC's latest mission video. The 3rd Wing is assigned to @PACAF's Eleventh Air Force, stationed a… https://t.co/kO6rbHGnhF
Twitter
Capt. Stephanie Kompoltowicz, a nurse @386thAEW, and Senior Airman Lauren Frensley, a flight medical technician… https://t.co/txUpLCrJxA
Twitter
Capt. Joshua Chambliss provides an inside look at the training and day-to-day life of a Cyber Operations Officer.… https://t.co/jfWp6x2Qxl
Twitter
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Congratu… https://t.co/NlNTTTDiMC
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: Congrats to the @AFResearchLab 's Dr. Candice Hatcher-Solis on being honored with the Women of Color STEM Technical Innovation…
Twitter
.@RAFMildenhall Bloody Hundredth Spark Tank is collecting ideas! 📹 U.S. Air Force video by Capt. Nathanael Callon… https://t.co/EgHfTya2dz
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: 🗣️ Check out the latest "The Air Force Starts Here" 🎙️ - talking the new total force @USAFRecruiting "Aim High" phone app!…
Twitter
On this day, 70 years ago, 100,000 North Korean troops poured across the 38th parallel starting the Korean War.… https://t.co/dRlTXrhRnD
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Safe travels and good luck to Airmen of the @123AW_KYANG as they depart for a @CENTCOM deployment in support of Operation…
Twitter
RT @Creech_AFB: MQ-9 Airmen have always provided solace to our coalition partners & allies, knowing our eyes are overhead. COVID-19 hasn’t…
Twitter
.@KentuckyGuard Airmen deployed to the Persian Gulf and will spend four months flying troops and cargo across… https://t.co/uvWnK8gPMj
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,243,762
Follow Us