New Design Technologies Change Aircraft Maintenance Procedures

The aviation industry is changing. New design technologies have dramatically changed the way aircraft are built and maintained. It is the latter aspect though that requires more legwork and adjustment on the part of airline operators.

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Aircraft maintenance is a central concern of airlines. Typically, aircraft, especially commercial ones, are checked before and after each flight. Weather conditions and in-flight incidences potentially affect the machine. Crews ensure that flights are sound before taking off. Commercial airlines all value passenger safety as its number one priority.

Checking these planes takes hours. Maintenance crew are instructed to be unforgivingly diligent and thorough in checking each part of the aircraft before giving the green signal for take-off.

Technology, meanwhile, has simplified this process. New aircraft designs now include software that allow crews to perform diagnostics via the cockpit or even a mobile device. This means that troubleshooting can be done simultaneous with the flight.

This way, the pilot can be alerted immediately to any shift or change in the aircraft. Pilots are already trained to handle challenging situations; however, this new system of instant diagnostic software provides an additional safety net of knowledge.

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Additionally, the software cuts the time required for ground crew to perform their maintenance checks. Commercial lines can now, potentially, handle more flights because inspections are expedited. A full aircraft check, however, is still required under aviation guidelines, and airline companies should not neglect these.

North Star Aviation in Mankato, MN offers fixed-base operator (FBO) services for aircraft, including maintenance and repair. To learn more about the company, view this LinkedIn page.

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The Abcd Of Aircraft Maintenance

All commercial and private aircraft need to undergo proper maintenance and periodic inspections to ensure their airworthiness.

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A daily check is the lowest scheduled inspection, and it includes post-flight, basic pre-flight maintenance, and service and overnight checks. A cursory examination of the aircraft, along with the checking of fluid levels, general condition and security of the airplane, and installed emergency equipment, is conducted to ensure the airplane is in working order.

For heavier checks, more detailed inspections are categorized into the following maintenance plans:

‘A’ check: An ‘A’ check is performed every 400-600 hours of flight. It is typically done in designated maintenance hangars in the route structure. A minimum of 10 hours is required, and limited special tooling, servicing, and test equipment are required for the maintenance procedures.

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‘B’ check: Conducted every six to eight months, a ‘B’ check is completed within one to three days. While a detailed examination of components and systems is conducted, there is no need for detailed disassembly or removal of aircraft parts.

‘C’ check: Much more extensive than a ‘B’ check, a large majority of the components are thoroughly and individually probed for serviceability and function. It is performed every 20-24 months, and the general time of completion is around one to two weeks.

‘D’ check: The most comprehensive among the four checks, it is also known as a heavy maintenance visit. A ‘D’ check is accomplished every six years. A complete inspection and overhaul of every component and system is undertaken in approximately two months.

North Star Aviation in Mankato, MN offers full fixed-base operator services, which include maintenance and repair. Visit its official website for more information about its services.