Within two years, MTU Maintenance, on its own, managed to launch a GE90 maintenance program. Last year was pivotal, as it went from offering on-wing services in 2011 to adding full capability up to the piece-parts level, with full cleaning inspections. This capital-intensive project required $50 million for tooling, test equipment and a spare engine. With this program, MTU hopes to develop high-tech designated engineering representative repairs for the GE90, backed up by its test cell.
Fokker Services developed the iPad European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Class 2 Type B electronic flight bag for pilots, as well as developing installation provisions for its power supply. The Class 2 status and solution means the iPad is a permanent installation and is certified for all critical flight phases. Fokker Services was the first to develop and market this solution. It already has been implemented on the Boeing 737 and 777; Airbus A320, A330 and A340; Bombardier Challenger 604, Dash 8 Classic and Q400; and Fokker 50, 70 and 100.
The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex has implemented critical chain project management and theory of constraints methodologies since 2005. It has achieved improved efficiencies since, but in 2012, improvements climbed to a 98.8% on-time delivery rate from a 47% rate in 2011. Typically, military MRO organizations try to deal with missed delivery deadlines by pushing even more aircraft into production, but Warner Robins tried the opposite last year—by reducing the work in production to get more done. The MRO focused on the C-130 and F-15 squadrons, the Commodities Maintenance Group, and the test program squadron in the software maintenance group. As a result, it returned 25% more aircraft to the Air Force with the same resources.
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