Business aircraft are maintenance intensive, and this only increases as aircraft age. “Life limits (i.e. hours or cycles of operation) of business aircraft are generally defined in the prototype stages as a result of fatigue tests,” Mario highlights. “These life limits are generally more restrictive than those of airliners.
“In some cases these life limits may be attributable to the assurance of performance – even of specific installations or parts – but in most cases life limits are shorter for economic reasons.
“Concepts such as ‘Progressive Maintenance’, which sub-divides inspection phases to reduce aircraft downtime, or ‘Reliability/MSG-3-based Maintenance’, which applies statistical methods to increment the intervals for the off-wing maintenance of components are more typically employed in CAM programs for the airlines, and are less common in Business Aviation CAM. Thus, Business Aviation maintenance becomes somewhat more intensive compared with commercial airliner maintenance.”
Author: Mario Pierobon
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