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Aircraft component maintenance, repair and overhaul »

As you are aware, the airline/aerospace industry was hit hard by world events and the resulting downturn of global economics since September 2001. All aerospace related organizations have been struggling to reduce costs in an effort to maintain profits, minimize losses, or simply to survive in business. You may be part of a maintenance organization that has not witnessed any relief in work that must be accomplished to maintain a regulated airline, nevertheless has had to deal with reducing head count as one of the yardsticks used by stockholders to measure and meet the bottom line. Increased pressure from airworthiness authorities to improve safety and maintenance during these difficult times stretches available resources to the limit. Often airlines will knowingly spend more on maintenance than they know they should be spending, however do not have the means to do anything about it. The obvious solution to increase headcount is forbidden, even if the savings could exceed the expense of doing so.

Aircraft maintenance and specifically engine or component maintenance is a direct maintenance cost that is still largely untapped in terms of potential cost savings for airlines. Why? The root cause really comes down to communication and data transfer between a service provider and a maintenance organization. If you could afford the time to be away from your office to spend a few days in the shop repairing your components, do you not believe you could save your company more than your wages for the time you are there? Do you think the turntime would reduce because the shop doesn’t have to compile questions and wait for simple decisions and responses?

The fact of the matter is that shops try to do their best at managing your requirements, and you try to do your best at giving them what they need to know. Nevertheless, there is always some level of communication gap between you and your shop where both parties accept and live with what is probably a mediocre compromise as neither party has the time or re-sources to dig into cost saving details. This is where AeroMotion can assist.

Some examples of the various aspects of the business AeroMotion can assist in
are, but not limited to »

  1. An independent impartial observer for a test
    • Insurance claim?
    • Maintain costs to a minimum
  2. Advice to minimize cost with respect to engine shop Workscope
    • Workscope planning & follow-up is hands-on
    • Review disassembled hardware
    • Repair/replace or re-install?
  3. Advice on maximizing LCF parts’ Lives
    • LCF parts are hard time; but when is optimum to remove?
    • Re-install parts from one engine to another
  4. Workscope and management of LRUs
    • Source of enormous waste
    • Shops generally overhaul even if repair would suffice
    • Shop data can be used to substantiate optimum removal intervals
  5. Borescope and training
    • The manual is a guideline not a airworthiness limitation
    • Engine removals must be scheduled & optimized
  6. Management of Rotational Pool components
    • Ultimate goal is minimizing cost
    • Re-installing removed ‘serviceable’ parts from one engine to another
    • Not all components need to be zero timed at each shop visit
  7. Maintenance Recommendations
    • Maintenance plans must be optimized
    • Regulatory authorities are open to substantiated changes to plans
    • Operators may not have the background to negotiate
      Minimizing maintenance to lower operating costs

These are but a few opportunities for improvement and optimization services that
can be made available to you.