ANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3330 posts, RR: 12 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
I had an interesting question come my way from a colleague, and now I'm curious. I didn't give him an answer as I wouldn't know the slightest about the topic.
My colleague asked if, now that so many planes have been in storage for almost a week, will there suddenly be a bunching of safety issues and even accidents. I said it was unlikely since they care for the machines and they're only in short-term storage, but it did yield the following question, which I couldn't answer.
What does "short-term storage" entail, and what needs to be done before the aircraft can get back in the air? Is there a limit to the term "short-term" or is it just a name given to the procedure done?
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fr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
I seriously doubt any operator put their aircraft in storage. There are costs associated with putting an aircraft in storage and pulling it out.
We routinely have aircraft sit around for 5 or 6 days, depending on geographic location. Depending on the approved maintenance program, the aircraft will require a quick check-out and then a return to service.
The only work that would have to be done, is the things that expire on a calendar day basis.
If by storage you mean just sitting on the ramp then with a couple of inspections they should be ready to fly. If this had gone on a little longer and they had not been able to fly then more than likely something in the aircraft operators ops specs would have demanded a little more in the way of prepping. Perhaps a test flight before a live trip.