Monday, January 28, 2013

Releasing the aircraft on-time (Maintenance 5)

Roger Dal Din, Technical Representative

When it comes to the large and extensive checks on our aircraft, we trust in the knowledge of MRO (Maintenance Repair Organisation). Those providers perform D-Checks (12 years), IV-Checks (6 years), C-Checks (Short range: after 24 months or 7500FH / Long range: after 21 months or 10`000FH) and A-Checks (800 Fhrs or 140 days) (on Airbus fleet).

My main responsibility lies in the ground-time support during these checks in regards to the entire work package. Most important is to assure the aircraft will be released on-time to get it back into operation as scheduled. I have to make sure all the planned work has been performed by the end of the ground-time and no MEL (minimum equipment list) items are outstanding.

By the completion of a check, a status report has to be issued and the log-book has to be completed. The performance of the contract being fulfilled will be checked. The offer will be compared with the final invoice and I also check any additional man-hours. If a delay occurs during a check so that the flight operation is affected, decisions have to be taken in accordance with our Maintenance Control Center (MCC) and/or Engineering Department.

An « Acceptance Flight » has to be performed after each IV and D check. Two engineers (mechanical and electrical), two pilots and a flight ops engineer are on board to monitor the performance of the overhauled aircraft. After landing, any possible action items will be defined during a debriefing.

In 1997, I started my career with Swissair / SR Technics, working as an engineer for the Base and the Line Maintenance department, which gave me the opportunity to work abroad at stations such as Bologna, Hong Kong and Bahrain for various customers. As of 2007 I worked for Corporate Jet as an Airbus Maintenance Coordinator. In 2011, I became a technical representative with SWISS. I very much enjoy spending my free-time with my wife and my two children (1 and 3 years) as well as riding my motorbike with my friends.

A very interesting incident occured a couple of years ago while I was working in Italy. A MyAir flight was scheduled to fly from Bologna to Lampedusa and I was on board as a “tourist”, because it was my plan to stay in Lampedusa (south of Sicily) until the aircraft was coming back from Bergamo. However after landing, a slat system fault was detected and it was essential to fix that issue in order to operate the airplane again. Since no maintenance provider was available on that little island I was eventually able to solve the problem on my own. The operation was saved and the aircraft took off again. I have had many unforgettable experiences during the course of my career.

1 comment:

  1. Good Information. The Maintenance of aircraft is a comprehensive, ongoing process. The entire aircraft needs to be examined, maintained, and have the necessary parts replaced to uphold the safety standards mandated by the FAA. Aircraft are required to be maintained after a certain period of calender time or flight hours or flight cycles.