Foreign Military C-130 Support

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (October 27-30, 2014) – Brandy Gluvna, Cliff Hammock, and Billy Osborne, engineers from MERC’s Information/Cyber Division, provided support to the C-130 Hercules Division of the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center during the International Technical Program Review for Foreign Military C-130 operators held in Orlando, Florida.

Engineers from MERC’s Information Systems DivisionThe MERC team showcased AIRCAT International, a software system developed by MERC for the U.S. Air Force to track the flight usage, structural health, and inspection cycles for the C-130 Hercules aircraft.

MERC presented demonstrations of the system during a trade show event and participated in meetings with country representatives for the foreign operators.

MERC’s goal was to help the C-130 Hercules Division engineers better support their foreign partners through the use of standard data systems and tracking algorithms.

The program is vital to ensure continued safe operation of the aircraft in all flight environments.

About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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