ReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 537 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
With the well known "Working together" program that was (still is??) in force during the building of the 777, being the inclusion of many never before sought after opinions, did it indeed help to make a better aircraft. I'm looking for the maintenance aspect specifically. For those of you familiar with other Boeing products that predate this program (primarily 757, 767) and now have a fair amount of time on type, did the program help make the aircraft better to maintain ie: access, simplification of unnecessarily complicated items/systems, better documentation (TSM,AMM,SRM.....etc), higher use of common -(dash) numbered item, deactivation procedures simplified/better tooling ....etc. I ask to compare to the 757/767 because, some items that you may have come across on these older models you wonder "Well, why did they do it like this...?" Were some oddities repeated?
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17296 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
I only know two anectodes:
An access hatch had the tech standing inside it on the 767. The light was at the top. Boeing thought that would be a logical place. But of course with the tech inside the light was obscured by said tech's head, and he had to hold a flashlight in his mouth. Boeing heard of this during the "working together programme" and replaced the original design with a light on either side.
Another one was the two piece flap assembly instead of the intended one piece. That way it would fit into existing autoclaves.
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