Aircraft Maintenance: New Trends in General Aviation

Over the past 20 years, there have been significant changes in maintenance procedures for general aviation aircraft. The changes are due to the large increase in the number and variety of physical assets, more complex designs, new maintenance techniques and changing views on maintenance organization and responsibilities. This paper discusses new trends in aircraft maintenance, particularly the concept of reliability-centered maintenance (RCM). RCM determines maintenance strategies based on reliability techniques and encompasses the analysis method known as failure mode effects and criticality analysis. RCM procedures take into account the prime objectives of a maintenance program: minimize costs, meet safety and environmental goals, and meet operational goals. RCM provides a framework for developing an optimal preventive maintenance program by identifying which maintenance tasks are most applicable and which are ineffective for obtaining the full design operating ability of the aircraft.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 231-234
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006898
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 2005 10:55PM