Home Station Check for SAC C-17 at Pápa Air Base, Hungary

22 May 2013

For the second time in the history of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), the Home Station Check (HSC) for a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III was performed at its home field, Pápa Air Base, Hungary.

All SAC organizations, the NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme, the Heavy Airlift Wing, Pápa Air Base and Boeing did a fantastic job. Good planning and cooperation ensured that the work was done quickly, efficiently and with cost savings as compared to initial practices.

The HSC is an in-depth inspection that checks for aircraft airworthiness. The goal is to ensure that the aircraft is mission ready and can be operated safely. The inspection focuses on checking for corrosion, proper systems functioning and general overall aircraft condition so as to ensure the complicated machine that is a heavy cargo jet does its job safely. Maintenance personnel from the Boeing Company in Pápa carry out regular maintenance inspections on the C-17s every 180 days.

In the winter, HSCs will still be conducted in the United States. The HSCs are expected to be transferred completely to Pápa when the on-going work to construct a C-17 hangar is finished. This transfer will save a lot of travel time for the maintenance crews and aircraft, resulting in increased aircraft availability for the 12 SAC participating nations.

The NAM Programme is an integral part of the NATO Support Agency and acquires, manages, and sustains NAM Programme-owned aircraft and other assets, while providing site/admin support at Pápa Air Base to the Heavy Airlift Wing, the multinational military unit that operates the aircraft.


Text written by HAW Public Affairs Officer