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General Introduction

Inspection should be carried out in accordance with an agreed time line - a single finding should not stop the process rather it should be noted & documented but the process to continue otherwise this can have significant repercussions of stopping and starting the program and finding more defects even at the end of the check.

Typically all inspection should be completed at the 20% completed point of the critical path timeline.

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Introduction

The Operator is responsible for the Aircraft Maintenance Program and to ensure that the relevant standards are applied.

The Inspections performed by the Part 145 Organisation must ensure adherence to the established standards as identified by the Operators AMP.

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Introduction

On July 6, 1996, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 equipped with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 turbofan engines, was on take-off roll from Runway 17 at Pensacola when it experienced an uncontained, catastrophic turbine engine failure that caused debris from the front compressor hub of the number one left engine to penetrate the left aft fuselage. The impact left two passengers dead and two severely injured; the two dead were a mother and son. The pilot aborted take-off and the airplane stopped on the runway.

The NTSB determined the most probable cause of the accident was a fracture in the left engine's front compressor fan hub, which resulted from failure of the airline's fluorescent penetrant inspection process to detect a potentially dangerous crack in the fan which originated from the engine's initial manufacture.

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What is the role of Aircraft Technical Records staff in an EASA or GCAA compliant organisation?

Technical records staff typically work either for the operator (The Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation) CAMO or the Maintenance Organisation (145) – usually the Base Maintenance Organisation.

Considering the Typical Duties

Let’s consider the various tasks, roles and responsibilities which will apply to the Tech Records Job role:

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The Maintenance process has come a long way over the last decades – however the success of the entire process is dependent on the ability of the maintenance staff not just to perform inspections in the best way but to understand why they are performing inspections. (The criteria by which the object is being measured! It is this knowledge which makes the difference and makes you into an effective inspector.)

The Aircraft Inspector is a critical link in the Continuous Airworthiness Chain which supports the overall integrity of the aircraft. Inspections cover all areas of the aircraft including fuselage, wings, tail, landing gear and wheel well, engines, wiring and all avionic equipments. The Inspector should be trained and competent to ensure the integrity of the aircraft and to look for evidences of corrosion and metal fatigue.

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