Every part of an aircraft has a specific function, and with that function, specific maintenance requirements. The Federal Aviation Authority mandates regular maintenance and inspections of all aircraft, with some parts being required to be replaced after a certain number of hours in flight, no matter their current condition.

The airframe consists of the aircraft fuselage, wings, airframe, and undercarriage. It does not include the propulsion systems, which are complicated and important enough to warrant their own regulations. The airframe is subject to a significant amount of stress in flight, which can lead to cracks and fatigue in various areas of the airframe. Mechanics are trained to know where and how cracking will occur, and how to detect fatigue before cracks form. Corrosion can also be an issue as weather and extreme temperature changes during flight can cause rust and other forms of corrosion in seams and connections.

The engines, or power plant, provide thrust, hydraulic, and electric power the aircraft needs to fly. Taking the form of either lightweight piston engines or gas turbines, the power plant is made up of many different subsystems. Because it is so critical to the aircraft’s functioning, the FAA has many regulations requiring special inspections and routine maintenance. The hydraulic and pneumatic systems have their own set of regulations regarding inspection and maintenance as well.

In piston-driven aircraft, propellers convert the rotary motion from the engine into the force needed for aircraft to fly. Corrosion is a consistent issue for propellers, as it threatens the strength and integrity of the aviation propeller. Propeller blades can also become twisted or misaligned and suffer from nicks and cracks.

Instruments used in navigation must be constantly checked to ensure proper functioning. The altimeter, for instance, is used to determine the aircraft’s altitude, and must be removed from the aircraft, run through a bench test, and then reinstalled. At the same time, the pitot-static system that works in tandem with the altimeter must be tested as well to ensure there has been no leakage.             

The transponder, or transmitter-responder, is used to identify the aircraft on radar and assist in collision avoidance systems. If the transponder is out of alignment, it can cause incorrect altitude readouts, duplicate targets, or no targets at all.

The emergency locator transmitter, or ELT, is used to track an aircraft if it is in distress. The FAA requires the ELT be permanently attached to the aircraft. It can be automatic portable, which means it can be readily removable in case of an emergency, or automatically deployable, which means it automatically deploys after a crash. The FAA requires that the ELT’s battery is replaced before its expiration date and be inspected within 12 months after its last inspection. Batteries must be checked for corrosion and the whole unit needs to be activated per manufacturer instructions to ensure it works properly.

At ASAP AM Spares, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the aircraft maintenance equipment for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the aviation parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@asap-amspares.com or call us at +1-702-919-1616.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation; they are responsible for the oversight and regulation of aviation within the United States, as well as operation of the National Airspace System (NAS). The primary responsibility of the FAA is to ensure the safety of civil aviation. Their regulation responsibilities also encompass the following: development of aeronautics, operation of air traffic control and navigation systems for civil and military aircraft, regulation of U.S. commercial space transportation, and the development of programs to mitigate aircraft noise and other environmental effects of aviation. The FAA also controls the construction and operation of airports; adding to the list of complex responsibilities. 

The safe and efficient use of airspace is one of the administration’s main objectives. They accomplish this goal through a variety of integrated methods. Airport towers and air traffic control communications, air route traffic control sensors, flight service stations, the implementation air traffic rules, airspace use assignments, and a collection of other systems are used to regulate airspace.

The organization must also ensure all aircraft have the required clearances to fly. Similar to the requirements to obtain a driver’s license, but more complex in application, pilots must have the proper credentials to receive a pilot’s license. The FAA goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of others by guaranteeing all pilots have received the necessary licenses and certifications. They are also responsible for revoking/suspending licenses to those pilots who fail to meet the requirements and regulations.

The origins of the FAA began long before there were any federal organizations regulating air travel. With the introduction of commercial travel came the Air Mail Act of 1925, which was a means to regulate the growing production of commercial airliners. This legislation was quickly followed by the Air Commerce Act of 1926 which improved airline safety measures, enforced air traffic regulations, and established a pilot licensing system. The Bureau of Air Commerce was then established in 1934, implementing the first air traffic control centers. In 1958, the Federal Aviation Agency was created to combine the different aviation acts and regulations into one bureau. Finally, in 1967, the Federal Aviation Agency was renamed the Federal Aviation Administration. The name hasn’t been changed since, and the responsibilities of this administration have evolved over time.

Proper maintenance repair and overhaul procedures (MRO) contribute to the FAA’s main goal, “to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.” The aircraft maintenance industry encompasses repair stations that perform specialized services such as plating, welding, or nondestructive testing procedures. In addition, other repair stations focus on fuel systems, carburetors, landing gear assemblies, electronics, etc. The repair maintenance industry is massive; it covers all segments of aircraft repair. An aircraft can fly safely and efficiently by following all the regulations of the FAA combined with proper upkeep from MROs.

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Downed planes are costly planes. Aircraft on ground (AOG) situations cost money to buy replacement parts, to pay mechanics and engineers, to pay for inspections, to pay for terminal usage while the plane is downed, etc.; and none of that money is being made if the plane can’t fly, costing even more money. So, it makes sense that the MRO business would be booming, standing to profit tremendously from saving airliners from AOG situations. And, it would make even more sense that the aviation MRO services & industry is currently embroiled in fierce competition to innovate and evolve.

MRO stands for Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul. It’s all the aircraft maintenance related activities that are required to ensure safety and airworthiness of aircraft and the individual parts. MROs are the natural product of huge gaps in the aviation industry formed by a lack of interest in the aftermarket from OEMs, original equipment manufacturers. While aircraft maintenance is the key to keeping aircraft and aircraft parts reliable and up to airworthiness standards, aviation OEMs tend to focus only on the development and production of aircraft parts and components, and not on what happens to the aircraft once it has been assembled and sold. But it wasn’t long before the rest of the aviation industry realized the value of MROs and the importance of growing and innovating it.

In order to make aircraft maintenance more efficient, many MROs are jumping on the IoT bandwagon. IoT, the Internet of Things, is the concept of connecting everything so that they can interact and exchange data automatically. It’s a beneficial concept for MROs because the combination of Big Data and IoT-enabled sensors could improve and streamline Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) and provide better insights to enhance operations, reduce delays, allow preventative maintenance, and identify necessary repairs before they become disastrous.

There are many different advancements to MRO software and technology. Rudimentary artificial intelligence gave rise to autopilot systems that learn overtime and help pilots fly more safely and efficiently; augmented reality allows technical experts from thousands of miles away to more effectively communicate instructions to onsite operators, bridging the gap caused by a shortage of available technicians; and wearables and robotics are leading the way with innovative solutions for timely repairs. But, the most effective innovation of all is customizable MRO software.

MRO software is the brain behind the MRO process; it streamlines compliance procedures, maintenance, safety, etc. By utilizing MRO software, MRO operators can track MRO history and aggregate data for analysis on how to better maintain and repair their aircraft. But, not just any MRO software will do. Configurability, scale and magnitude factors, end-to-end solutions, etc.; a customizable MRO software is usually the better option because it allows MRO operators to develop insights and ideas into new ways to service their customers’ aircraft more efficiently and effectively.

At ASAP AM Spares, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the MRO services and aftermarket parts you need, new or obsolete. As a premier supplier of parts for the aerospace, aviation, and defense industries, we’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7x365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@asap-amspares.com or call us at +1-702-919-1616.

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Just as automobile companies lease cars, aircraft companies lease commercial aircraft. There are over 10,000 leased aircraft throughout the world, with Asia being the most popular region in terms of leases. Since 2008, the number of leased aircraft has gone up more than 50%, especially in Asia. The number of re-deliveries has been steadily increasing, and so has the number of repairs that need to be completed.

For example, Singapore and Hong Kong have been major repair hubs and leasing centers for the Asian and Pacific region for the last few years. The MRO capabilities and the demand for parts to repair aircraft has grown immensely. But, other countries like Malaysia and Indonesia are also rapidly developing in the MRO sector, driving demand for replacement parts and aftermarket spares as well.

Leasing companies and repair stations have a close relationship. Leasing companies need to consider the entire life cycle of the aircraft because they oversee operations and repairs for the aircraft’s entire lifetime. The more frequent routine maintenance a leased aircraft has, the better. Leased aircraft also do not allow for modifications to ensure that the aircraft remains in pristine condition for its entire life cycle. All aircraft that are leased must still comply with EASA and/or FAA standards, even during a transition period. This means that all proper documentation on the aircraft itself and the repairs must be kept up-to-date. All leasing contracts must be shared with MROs to confirm that no illegal modifications are being made to an aircraft, and to confirm that all proper documentation is provided.

Despite the strict regulations governing aviation, the end of a lease remains the biggest challenge for operators. Most internal cabin parts will need to be replaced by the end of the lease, but these parts have long lead times and are sometimes very hard to find. Therefore, leasing companies usually require leasers to give an eighteen-month notice before the end of a lease.

ASAP AM Spares, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your repair parts and needs.  We’re a premier provider MRO services and replacement parts, whether new or obsolete. And we have a wide selection of parts to choose from and are available and ready to help 24/7x365. If you’re interested in a quote, email us at sales@asap-amspares.com or call us at +1-702-919-1616.  

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