22 February 2017

Sustaining airlift operations is one of the key challenges air lifters have to confront. It is noteworthy to mention that with the current trend, the wing remained to be the Air Force's reliable workhorse. The increasing operational tempo for all the wing's aircraft has considerably bear greater load on maintenance activities to ensure that these aircraft are properly maintained and ready to fly anytime. Despite the challenges, the air lifters have managed to provide capability to be even more relevant in terms of operational requirements, national development efforts, and most especially, during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

The guidance of our 220th Airlift Wing Commander, BGen Nicolas C Parilla AFP, is clear - keep all the aircraft in the flight line!

As a flying unit, preserving our aircraft is imperative with emphasis given on high maintenance standards. Aside from the efforts of the pilots and maintenance personnel in flying and keeping the aircraft in its operational status, the other important task at hand is the urgent compliance of administrative requirements. These are indeed tantamount to sustain the round-the-clock airlift operations.

One of these requirements is the comprehensive aircraft maintenance planning or commonly known as the Aircraft Maintenance Fund. Early on, Major Norwin G Licoto PAF, the Director for Logistics, spearheaded the initial preparation for the ongoing determination of aircraft requirements for Calendar Year 2018. In fact, the wing has pionered this effort and was replicated by other flying units. Aircraft managers discuss among themselves, including their respective specialists, how to deliver the most realistic and responsive programming. Through this effort, the right spare is procured at the right time considering some of the aircraft components/spare parts must be readily available to reduce or eliminate aircraft downtime. Credits to 220th Airlift Wing