PENTAGON, Va. - Did you know the Air Force is the largest consumer of fuel in the Department of Defense? This may not surprise you, if say, you’ve ever watched a sortie of F-35s complete an aerial refueling, or witnessed a C-5 lift (seemingly) effortlessly into the sky. In fact, the Air Force consumes approximately 2 billion gallons of aviation fuel annually – which is about 81 percent of the total Air Force energy budget (with about 17 percent used for facilities and 2 percent for ground vehicles).
VILNIUS - As part of Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Application (IESMA) 2018, a collaborative symposium led by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, international experts from the energy and defense communities came together to discuss leading developments in energy resilience and security. Over 500 participants, including many distinguished military and governmental leaders representing NATO member and partner nations, attended the biennial event held in Vilnius, Lithuania from November 14 to 16.
“Optimizing aviation fuel use leads to a number of second and third order effects like increased range, fewer maintenance issues, and reduced costs – funds that could be used for things like more training or new technology,” explained Principal Director of Air Force Operational Policy, Michael Penland.
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PENTAGON, Va. - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Air Force Operational Energy, Roberto Guerrero, explains how operational energy data is the new weapon for the Air Force.
"We can no longer assume that “taking off full and landing empty” equates to maximum efficiency. The Air Force burns approximately $5 billion in aviation fuel annually, so even relatively small increases in efficiency (2-4 percent) for our large aircraft fleet could mean hundreds of millions of dollars available for other mission necessities, like additional training hours or upgraded equipment on training ranges."
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PENTAGON, Va. - Thanks to an optimization initiative led by Air Force Operational Energy (SAF/IEN), F-35 and F-22 fighter sorties are now requested to fly closer to the fighters' maximum range airspeed, while still within tanker boom limits, during Coronet missions. The faster speed decreases overall fuel consumption, while saving precious flight hours.
In August 2017, Air Force Operational Energy conducted a proof-of-concept
demonstration to show that increased speeds during this type of aircraft redeployment decrease fuel consumption. One cell of F-22s and an accompanying tanker for refueling, flew at a higher airspeed, while the other cell flew the standard profile and acted as a control group. Throughout the five hour flight, researchers collected multiple data points in order to compare results from both cells. The faster cell was able to cut about ten percent off the total flight time and six percent of the fuel required for this type of aircraft re-deployment.
The faster speed parameters are within the Aerial Refueling Flight Envelope for the F-35 and F-22, as well as the KC-135 and the KC-10.
(See ATP 188.8.131.52 (c), Standards Related Document, 15 May 2018, pp. 8-63, 8-65)
DAYTON, Ohio - Principal Director of Operational Energy Policy and Chief of Staff, Mr. Michael Penland, delivered the keynote speech at the Turbine Engine Technologies Symposium on September 11th, discussing the importance of operational energy efficiency in the Air Force and highlighting how innovative engine technologies can optimize aircraft operations.
Air Force Energy leads NATO big data and AI discussion
BORDEAUX, France - Deputy Asst. Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Roberto Guerrero, led the senior leader panel at the NATO Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Specialists Meeting on June 01, 2018. Mr. Guerrero spoke of the importance of data collection and analysis for decision-making, while emphasizing the challenge his office faces in obtaining sufficient and accurate aviation fuel use and other operational data.
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Advanced Power and Energy: Call for white papers
PENTAGON, Va. - The purpose of the Advanced Research Announcement (ARA) is to research alternative energy, energy efficient and environmentally safe technologies to provide increased capabilities and benefits to Air Force installations, equipment and aircraft.
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Innovating compressor blade inspection
PENTAGON, Va. - Blade defects decrease engine efficiency and power, while increasing fuel burn (specific fuel consumption) and exhaust gas temperature (EGT) - resulting in higher maintenance costs, and decreased aircraft availability. Additionally, defective compressor blades can pose a safety threat if not replaced in a timely manner. While researching areas for increased aircraft optimization, Air Force Operational Energy found that cost-effective and reliable blade inspection ensures engines are performing optimally, and is paramount to maintaining aircraft readiness.
'Let's focus on bringing together data stovepipes'
ORLANDO, Fla. - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Air Force Operational Energy, Mr. Roberto Guerrero, spoke at Aviation Week's MRO Americas Symposium, alongside Lt Gen John Cooper, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection.
As a member on the panel 'Big Data: Making It Useful' Guerrero said, "Our goal is data fusion and bringing together the data stovepipes to better understand how we are using fuel. This is critical to mission success."
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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Air Force Operational Energy visited the Air Force Test Center and met with Airmen from the 418th Flight Test Squadron and 412th Flight Test Wing to discuss ways to improve operational efficiency and learn about some of the projects they are working on.
Meeting with Airmen and senior leaders from around the Air Force helps us collaborate and find innovative solutions to our challenges.
PENTAGON, Va. - Data collection and analysis have been critical to maintaining the effectiveness and lethality of the Air Force for decades, and are more important than ever in the age of big data, machine learning, and the complex challenges of the 21st century. For Air Force Operational Energy, championing data initiatives is the cornerstone of their vision: to create an energy optimized Air Force that maximizes combat capability for the warfighter.
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PENTAGON, Va. - 2017 was a great year for Air Force Operational Energy! Check out the list of our favorite accomplishments here.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Innovative technologies guarantee the Air Force remains resilient and lethal on today's increasingly complex battleground. During this year's Airlift/ Tanker Symposium, held in Orlando from Oct. 26-29, 2017, Air Force Operational Energy presented how incorporating technology that optimizes the Air Force's use of operational energy improves aircraft efficiency and increases the capability of Mobility Air Forces to sustain the fight.
Some of the specific technologies discussed include aft-body drag reduction for the C-130, C-17 and KC-135, as well as software tools to streamline aerial refueling mission planning.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - In support of Air Force Operational Energy, six F-22 Raptors flew from Alaska to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, accompanied by two aerial refueling KC-10 Extenders on Aug. 13, 2017, to determine if flying at an increased speed could optimize operational energy consumption.
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DOVER, Del. - Aviation energy analysts from Air Force Operational Energy visited Dover Air Force Base to conduct interviews for the C-5M Line Operations Efficiency Analysis (LOEA) in order to identify aviation fuel efficiency best practices. Analysts, assigned to the Energy Action Task Force (EATF), met with Airmen from various units to discuss their current operating procedures in relation to efficiency, as well as to assess their awareness of operational energy efficiency.
As of November 2017, the Energy Analysis Task Force (EATF) has conducted analyses at Travis Air Force Base, Dover Air Force Base and Kelly Air Force Base. Fuel efficiency best practices have been identified in the following areas thus far: training range utilization, cruise speed selection, and engine compressor wash.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Air Force Operational Energy met with leaders and subject matter experts from the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base to discuss innovative methods for increasing energy efficiency through aircraft technologies and operations. Throughout the day, aeronautical researchers and engineers leading projects at NASA Armstrong presented to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Air Force Operational Energy (SAF/IEN), Roberto Guerrero and supporting staff, on a number of ground-breaking developments.
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - The Operational Energy team joined the 307th Operations Support Squadron on a tour of Claiborne Range. The team viewed enhancements that allow for more diversified training from other local units, and discussed plans for future improvements to allow more types of weapons to be used on the range. These improvements also provide opportunities for the B-52 Stratofortress, based out of Barksdale AFB, La., to use Claiborne Range instead of using valuable training time to transit to other ranges.
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - The Operational Energy team visited the Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base to discuss the refurbishment of engines. Large sustainment efforts such as the KC-135 C-PUP often bring increased fuel efficiency and are integral to optimizing the operational energy of the Air Force.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Deputy Asst. Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Mr. Roberto Guerrero, leads an Operational Energy Panel at the 2016 Airlift Tanker Symposium. Panel members included: Mrs. Amanda Simpson, Brig Gen Brian Robinson, Col Laurel "Buff" Burkel, and Col Brent Baysinger. The Operational Energy team participates in many forums and symposiums throughout the year to bring awareness to the importance of optimizing operational energy, and to engage with Airmen and industry leaders on best practices.
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Guerrero meets T-1 pilot students Vance AFB Mr. Roberto Guerrero and Col Chip Bulger meet with T-1 pilot training students at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Already in the T-1, students are learning how to optimize operational energy in their cross-country profiles.