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The economic maintenance of aging aircraft structures
Published April 21, 1998 by Royal Aeronautical Society in United Kingdom
Damage Tolerant design together with appropriate inspection and maintenance allow Operators to exploit the full economic potential and lifespan of aircraft now in Public Transport service. The paper reviews the basic principles of Damage Tolerance and the associated Operator responsibilities and draws on examples from service experience to examine the practical application of the philosophy. Aspects considered include: The inspection process and the role, training and status of the Inspector in a maintenance organization; Damage investigation, assessment and reporting and use of the Structural Repair Manual; The anticipation and planning of unscheduled work; The choice of temporary or permanent repairs and repair monitoring; Communications and relationships with the Manufacturer and Regulator; and The retention and development of craft skills.
The paper discusses the management challenge posed by the economic maintenance of Aging Aircraft with particular reference to overall project control and takes a critical look at Manufacturer's support