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MRO industry girds for aircraft retirement tsunami
Aviation Week
Today's news is peppered with accounts of the early retirement of passenger jets. In 2012 alone, 50 aircraft aged 15 years or less were retired from fleets. While such statistics make for good headlines, in reality those 50 accounted for less than 10 percent of the aircraft retired last year. It is the sheer magnitude of retirements for aircraft of all ages that will have a profound impact on the aerospace and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries for the rest of the decade.
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Bombardier announces new aircraft maintenance plan
Reliable Plant
Bombardier Aerospace recently announced a new maintenance plan that targets CSeries aircraft line maintenance checks at intervals of 850 flight hours and base maintenance checks at intervals of 8,500 flight hours. The proposed maintenance plan will allow operators of CSeries aircraft to benefit from minimized downtime and more competitive maintenance costs, all while ensuring the inherent safety and reliability of the aircraft.
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NASA contracts for aircraft maintenance
UPI.com
L-3 Vertex Aerospace, headquartered in Mississippi, has been contracted to maintain all aircraft used by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The contract for maintenance of aircraft, aircraft engines and related ground support equipment covers specialized research and support aircraft — from motor gliders and modified commercial aircraft to former military high-performance and one-of-a-kind research aircraft.
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Air Force technicians close book on manuals
Florida Today
Air Force Reserve Airman Rachel Coursey sat reviewing technical information on an Apple iPad as she worked on the avionics of an HH-60 helicopter. Earlier this year, Coursey would have worked with large paper manual binders instead of holding the technical information or diagram in one hand while adjusting the helicopter's equipment with the other. The bulky paper manuals no longer crowd her work space.
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Maintenance innovation has potential to save time, money
Air Mobility Command
Rocks kicked up when landing a C-130 on unimproved runways can damage the fuselage of the aircraft. To combat this problem, maintainers in the 302nd Maintenance Group began putting tape on the plane's belly. In January, they took another step by applying protective tape to the forward landing gear in an effort to extend the life cycle of the struts and in turn save the Air Force money in repair costs.
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FSI gets EASA OK for maintenance courses
AIN Online
FlightSafety International has received EASA approval for 49 of its practical maintenance training courses under Regulation 1149/2011. The courses approved to date are available for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines and aircraft manufactured by Gulfstream, Cessna, Hawker, Beechcraft and Sikorsky.
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Safety chief: Airbus should consider redesigning aircraft after maintenance failure led to Heathrow emergency landing
Daily Mail
The maintenance failure which caused a British Airways jet to carry out an emergency landing should force Airbus to consider redesigning its aircraft, the leading safety adviser in global aviation has warned. Gunther Matschnigg, senior vice president for safety at the International Air Transport Association, also warned airline BA should review its maintenance procedures.
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