Artemis Aerospace looks at technical faults that can ground an aircraft

Aug. 10, 2023
Here are the most common technical faults that cause an aircraft to be taken out of service and what can be done to get aircraft back in the sky as quickly as possible, AviationPros reports.

NEW YORK - Approximately $6 billion is lost per year in the airline industry due to an aircraft on ground (AOG) situation. Every minute an aircraft is idle on the ground awaiting repairs, it's hemorrhaging money for its owner or operator and causing a serious backup of passengers across the world missing important meetings, family occasions and holidays. Aircraft have extensive and tightly regulated maintenance programs, but when a plane such as a Boeing 747-8 comprises 6 million components (according to Lufthansa) there will inevitably be occasions when unscheduled technical faults occur. So, what are the most common technical faults which cause an AOG delay, and how long does it take to fix them? AviationPros asks.

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The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 August 2023 -There's a sliding scale in terms of the seriousness of an aircraft malfunction, from post-inspection failure to instrument failure to critical issues such as sudden cabin decompression, landing gear failure or engine failure. In the vast majority of these cases, potential faults are discovered before they become an issue, during normal maintenance. Aircraft are required to undergo regulatory inspections every six to eight months and between every 400 to 600 hours. In the event of a mechanical fault happening mid-flight, a skilled crew should still be able to bring the plane down safely for repairs to be carried out. Whatever the situation in which a fault becomes apparent, however, the aircraft is immediately grounded.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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