We have already emphasized it so many times, but it is never a loss to repeat that the safety of the aircraft is in the first place. The primary task of every MRO is to bring every plane in perfect condition. It involves thorough inspections and repairs of anything that does not work properly on the aircraft. Typically, most airplane parts are inspected at routine intervals. After performing a certain number of flight hours, we need to ensure that cracks or flaws are detected before they reach a critical size. The affected components are both repaired or replaced before a catastrophic collapse. Therefore, regular aircraft inspections and maintenance are a necessity for every airline.
Aircraft inspections and maintenance
Modern aircraft engines can fly for thousands of hours without lacking inspection. But despite the guidance and advancements in technology, engines have to be regularly inspected to ensure efficiency and safety. Models of aircraft inspections can be divided into two general categories, which involve scheduled and unscheduled inspections. Both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and aircraft inspections are essential for all aircraft to ensure that airplanes are safe to fly and airworthy.
Annual aircraft inspection happens once every twelve months. It is necessary for all aircraft regardless of whether they are used for recreational purposes, flight instruction, or hire. It is desirable to carry out inspections at the same time as routine maintenance checks are scheduled. These may range from a long turnaround or short overnight stop to a major check. Checks will be performed outside “on the ramp”, within an aircraft hangar at the operator’s base, or an MRO facility.
We can separate maintenance on preventative maintenance and progressive maintenance. Preventative maintenance involves procedures that don’t need complex disassembly or notable repairs. Preventative maintenance implies small assignments that a pilot or mechanic can do to keep an aircraft functioning properly. Assignments like replacing small hardware, cleaning, adding fluids, or resealing. On the other hand, progressive maintenance is useful for large fleets because aircraft can be strategically serviced at times that are more convenient for the owner of the fleet. A well-developed progressive maintenance plan keeps a large fleet in continuous operation with less downtime.
We can freely say that engines are one of the most important parts when it comes to safety. Engines can be inspected “on the wing” for a routine lease survey, or at an engine shop if a more detailed “tabletop inspection” of all of the dismantled parts is required. Engine monitoring units (EMU) provide the most advanced insight into engine health ever achieved. They allow operators to optimize the maintenance and performance of engines, increasing engine efficiency.
Aircraft engines are the most expensive parts of an aircraft, and it is certainly in the interest of every airline to keep them in optimal condition. Aside from the point that they are fairly essential to actual flight and safety, unscheduled service interruptions due to engine problems can soon become expensive affairs. Aircraft engine maintenance is a step-by-step process. This process consists of washing and drying jet engine parts, exterior and interior visual inspections, a dismantling of the engine, the repair and replacement of any parts, and then the re-assembling and testing of the engine.
Many factors decide the price of an inspection, including work scope, location of the aircraft/records, and speed of airside security clearance. Jet engines cost more to maintain than other aircraft engines because the processes of rebuilding and rebalancing their rotor stages are more involved and complicated.
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