By: Aeromotion  09-12-2011
Keywords: Airlines

  As you are aware, the airline/aerospace industry was hit hard by world
events and the resulting downturn of global economics since September 
2001. All aerospace related organizations have been struggling to reduce
costs in an effort to maintain profits, minimize losses, or simply to survive 
in business.You may be part of a maintenance organization that has not 
witnessed any relief in work that must be accomplished to maintain a reg-
ulated airline, nevertheless has had to deal with reducing head count as 
one of the yardsticks used by stockholders to measure and meet the bot-
tom line. Increased pressure from airworthiness authorities to improve 
safety and maintenance during these difficult times stretches available 
resources to the limit. Often airlines will knowingly spend more on main-
tenance than they know they should be spending, however do not have 
the means to do anything about it. The obvious solution to increase 
headcount is forbidden, even if the savings could exceed the expense of 
doing so.  
  Aircraft maintenance and specifically engine or component maintenance is 
a direct maintenance cost that is still largely untapped in terms of poten-
tial cost savings for airlines. Why? The root cause really comes down to 
communication and data transfer between a service provider and a main-
tenance organization. If you could afford the time to be away from your 
office to spend a few days in the shop repairing your components, do you 
not believe you could save your company more than your wages for the 
time you are there? Do you think the turntime would reduce because the 
shop doesn't have to compile questions and wait for simple decisions and
  The fact of the matter is that shops try to do their best at managing your 
requirements, and you try to do your best at giving them what they need 
to know. Nevertheless, there is always some level of communication gap 
between you and your shop where both parties accept and live with what 
is probably a mediocre compromise as neither party has the time or re-
sources to dig into cost saving details.This is where AeroMotion can assist.  
  Some examples of the various aspects of the business AeroMotion 
can assist in are, but not limited to :  
  1. An independent impartial observer for a test
   - Insurance claim?
   - Maintain costs to a minimum  
  2. Advice to minimize cost with respect to engine shop Workscope
   - Workscope planning & follow-up is hands-on
   - Review disassembled hardware
   - Repair/replace or re-install?  
  3. Advice on maximizing LCF parts' Lives
   - LCF parts are hard time; but when is optimum to remove?
   - Re-install parts from one engine to another  
  4. Workscope and management of LRUs
   - Source of enormous waste
   - Shops generally overhaul even if repair would suffice
   - Shop data can be used to substantiate optimum removal 
  5. Borescope training
   - The manual is a guideline not a airworthiness limitation
   - Engine removals must be scheduled & optimized  
  6. Management of Rotational Pool components
   - Ultimate goal is minimizing cost
   - Re-installing removed "serviceable" parts from one engine 
    to another   
   - Not all components need to be zero timed at each shop 
  7. Maintenance Recommendations
   - Maintenance plans must be optimized
   - Regulatory authorities are open to substantiated changes 
    to plans
   - Operators may not have the background to negotiate 
    minimizing maintenance to lower operating costs  
  These are but a few opportunities for improvement and optimiza-
tion services that can be made available to you.  

Keywords: Airlines