While there is a cost to reconfigure AMARG
engines up to current configuration, it is much cheaper to modify the engine than to expend the unit repair cost of the engine.
The 309th AMARG
doesn't just supply much-needed parts to the fleet.
The GPS and Wi-Fi combination delivers a cost-effective solution for the 309th AMARG, in part by leveraging its existing Wi-Fi access points and network.
The 309th AMARG stores thousands of aircraft and aircraft parts at an outdoor facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona that covers 2,600 acres - or more than 110 million square feet.
The 309th AMARG will initially deploy 1,000 AeroScout GPS Wi-Fi tags.
Parts," said Bill Amparano, an aircraft mechanic with the 309th AMARG.
In other words, the AMARG is like a giant "pick-and-pull" for the Air Force, offering hard-to-find parts to units around the world.
When a plane arrives at the AMARG, it goes through an in-depth preservation process.
Richard Nelson of the 309th AMARG
, who has more than 25 years of active-duty experience flying in the F-4, said he is amazed at how the maintainers can take an aircraft that has been sitting in the desert for many years and make it airworthy.
In December, Amparano celebrates his 21st anniversary as a structural and aircraft mechanic with the 309th AMARG.
Once the request is sent to the AMARG, aircraft mechanics pull the part.
Though Blayda, a native of Tucson, never served on active duty, working for the 309th AMARG is a tradition in his family.