8 May 2019
The latest developments in component overhaul, including new processes and procedures that make repairing more economical than replacing.
On hearing the term ‘component’, it’s easy to think of some cheap widget that can be bought at a DIY store. In the world of aviation though, a component can regularly be worth thousands of dollars, sometimes well into six figures. Which is why airlines prefer not to pay for new replacements if an airworthy repair can be performed at much less cost.
The maintenance departments of carriers and third-party MRO providers constantly strive to develop such repairs, as the potential savings for airlines can be considerable, especially as new technologies have enabled repairs previously not feasible to become economical.
AJW Technique, AJW Group’s Montreal-based MRO facility, processes 35,000 units a year across 6,000 separate part number capabilities for both commercial and business aircraft. Gavin Simmonds, Chief Operating Officer, AJW Group explains: “We continuously look for opportunities to improve repair schemes. Our focus is working with our airline customers to develop comprehensive repair work scopes that either extend time on wing or reduce repair cost/BER (beyond economic repair) avoidance.
“A good example of this is the notoriously unreliable [Bombardier] Q400 coffee maker, which always comes as a surprise to people. Coffee makers are one of the most common items that we see, along with safety slides, navigational instruments and audio control panels,” Simmonds adds.
“We have therefore developed a series of additional checks and systematic part replacements to maximise the component’s time on wing...
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