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Who Services An A/c Out Of Its Home Base?  
User currently offlineAJet From France, joined Jan 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Who does the inspections and maintenance tasks on airliners when they're at remote locations?

(for instance, AF has one daily flight to CAN, China, or one weekly to LAD, Angola; I don't think AF hired mechanics there to perform so few preflight checks ; so who does the job ?)

Thanks!
Nicolas

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User currently offlineAmtrosie From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

It isn't done at out stations. This is what maintenance planning is all about. Planned maintenance tasks are scheduled for the aircraft when it is at an appropriate station. Pre-flight type inspections are contracted out to appropriately trained technicians at the out stations.

User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2554 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

Nearly all outstations have a contract with a local FBO or other airline to handle either preflight inspections and minor non-routine work. At JFK DL does a lot of contract preflight inspections for foreign carriers.

Take my old home SYR. Dl flys four flights a day in there. Know where enough traffic for a mtc station. We have contracted with one of the on field operators to look at our planes for us. They have been trained on the planes we normally fly in there and have access to our manuals. They become our eyes. When a problem comes up the check it out. If it is within their capablities they fix it. If something major comes up like an engine change we send a crew up to deal with it.


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

At JAX, up until the early part of this year, DL had it's own Line Maintenance folks there. They would do the nightly turnaround Mx work on the jets, going over them with a fine-toothed comb every night, and other emergency sorts of work. After Superbowl, DL axed that operation, and contracted it out to JettCare, the local commercial Mx company. So now, no daily, routine maintenance happens, just emergency stuff whenever an aircraft absolutely requires it. Downside to that is they charge over $200 for just the call-out, nevermind the labor. Have a few a-hole CRJ drivers who demand their windshield be cleaned immediately (usually in the 2 minutes before scheduled pushback), and Mx has to come out on the spot to do it...costs CommieAir $200 plus whatever the fee is for doing that. Pretty steep price for a stinkin gas-station window job!

Occasionally there's a diverted aircraft there for a major Mx gripe. In which case, DL will send a few mechanics down, positive space, on the next leg, along with alot of tools/parts in the bin of whatever they're flying down. Usually only when it's a pretty big gripe though.

There are a few companies at JAX that do Mx, JettCare, one of the FBO's, and Flightstar (major heavy Mx there). A few of those do line Mx for Air Whiskey and Indy Air, to name a few...usually just the smaller airlines.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

Out here.
Depending on the Level of checks.Routine Transit or Layover is carried out by positioned/posted Airline Employees at outstations.
Or a contract with an Approved Mx Organisation in Cat C Mx.
For Higher checks of Scheduled Mx,is done at Main Base.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineJoeairbus From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

Quoting DALMD88 (Reply 2):
It isn't done at out stations. This is what maintenance planning is all about.

I can tell you that there are more and more of these "planned mx inspections" being "farmed out" to contract maint vendors away from main hub bases. To stay in the good graces with FAA and to combat aircraft routing swaps (weather,maint. or company convenience),some minimum level checks are sent to contract vendors;thus,keeping airline in compliance with certification standards agreed upon with FAA.

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 3):
At JAX, up until the early part of this year, DL had it's own Line Maintenance folks there. They would do the nightly turnaround Mx work on the jets, going over them with a fine-toothed comb every night, and other emergency sorts of work. After Superbowl, DL axed that operation, and contracted it out to JettCare, the local commercial Mx company. So now, no daily, routine maintenance happens, just emergency stuff whenever an aircraft absolutely requires it. Downside to that is they charge over $200 for just the call-out, nevermind the labor.

Do they think that they save a ton of money by going contact Mx? Sometimes saving a quarter in 1 area will eventually cost a dollar somewhere you don't see over the horizon.


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