Original Date: 03/01/1993
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Modification/Conversion Program
Modifications and conversions to aircraft, engines, and components account for approximately 30% of the work load at Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP), Jacksonville, and the NADEP maintains a goal to become a world class modification/conversion leader.
Most modifications/conversions are one of a kind with few repeats, and are implemented within a two year period. The process is initiated by a customer presenting NADEP, Jacksonville with a requirement, and an analysis is performed. A proposal is submitted and when approved, funds received, is followed by the design, manufacturing, installation, and test process. The end product is the implementation of the required modification/conversion and a data package.
Unique to the successful implementation of modifications/conversions has been the establishment of the Aircraft Program Management Branch (Code 613) and the assignment of a dedicated design engineer to remain with the project from beginning through to the product delivery. A core group of personnel is assigned and maintained throughout each
modification/conversion project. This practice ensures continuity throughout the program life. Prior to this practice, each major operation was compartmentalized, no program management existed, and continuity was lost. Now, the program manager, the design engineer and core group take ownership of the project until the final product is delivered. Each step of the process receives equal importance and attention from the group.
The Program Management Office is the facility's single point of contact for all coordination of the modification/conversion effort. The use of Primavera project planning and cost, schedule, status, reporting system provides a means for total project tracking. This modification/conversion process successfully applies many of the standard practices used by industry. The designers use IBM 486 workstations, and drafting is performed on eight Computervision workstations tied to a Computervision Mainframe Rev 4E.
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