Innovation in Aircraft Maintenance Technology
Aviation Technologies have always been on a very active growth track. The technological advancement can be seen in both, commercial and military aircraft domain. In Commercial Aircraft industry it’s crucial that any innovation happening is beneficial not only to the aircraft manufacturer but also to the related industries like Aircraft Maintenance. Even though there have been considerable innovations happened in Maintenance techniques, the research shows that maintenance spending by airlines continues to increase. The need to cut down the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) cost is an issue of vital concern for the Industry. There are three significant breakthrough Innovations which can help achieve more efficient, reliable and cost-effective solutions:
- Condition Based Maintenance: - This is a much efficient way of maintenance which allows the faster and automatic repair of defective aircraft and parts as and when required. Traditionally the aircraft use to get necessary fixes and repairs during scheduled checks. This enables the aircraft to be sent back into the air in a faster and shorter period of time.
- Maintenance Tracking Software: - Maintenance and trend tracker software was already available for some time. The advanced software help in data storage and data analysis. The next generation cloud solution has helped to take this vast information online. Having this helps in estimating predictive maintenance, in-flight performance and real-time aging of the aircraft. It also creates harmony in communication
- Digital Twins: - Digital Twins means a virtual replica of a physical part like the aircraft engine. This enables the maintenance engineers to keep a check on how the engine is behaving in the air. This is all done while the engineers are on the ground. This can also be linked with other IT systems which enables to streamline and optimize the maintenance process.
Armed with these sort of Technology, the engineers can provide efficient and cost-effective solutions in a timely manner. With the time passing as these technologies mature, we can witness some significant improvement in maintenance and operational processes.