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Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:37 pm


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The plane seems to be missing the entire vertical stab/rudder assembly, flap assembly, and both engines. Would making this plane serviceable actually be worth it? It seems that the cost would simply be too great considering the amount of missing parts and the age of this A/C (build in 1985).
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:02 pm

CAN this plane become airworthy and WILL the plane become airworthy are two different questions. Given that truely historic aircraft in worse shape (like a B-17 or B-29) have been totally restored with less than that to start with, the answer is it CAN be done. However, economically it doesn't make sense, given the numbers of existing 737-300s available that wouldn't require the amount of work, it means that it most likely will not happen.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:34 pm

Actually, it wouldn't be that hard; CFM56-3's are a dime a dozen (haha), flaps are changed every so often anyhow (on condition), and the vertical can be replaced.
I don't see anything there that looks too difficult/costly, especially given that everything missing clearly went somewhere, perhaps to overhaul.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:41 pm

Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter):
Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

More than 99% of aircraft can be made servicable, it all depends on the size of your bank account.  
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:42 pm

Looks to me like the aircraft has been used as parts donor, I don't think you would do that if the end goal was to make it fly again. Take one or two things because you need them ASAP, sure, but it looks stripped of a lot of things !
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:44 pm

As it lies, I think there could be more money had in turning that giant coke can into a bunch of smaller ones than making it serviceable again to *eventually* generate revenue.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:43 pm

Problem with aircrafts just sitting around is that operators tend to consider them as convenient spare parts stores.
The thinking is always along the lines of: 'we'll get an APU from that one in the mean time, since it doesn't need it, and then we'll overhaul the old one later when it goes back to flying'.

And before they know it they end up with an aircraft so derelict it's not even worth trying to make it airworthy again...
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:01 pm

Looks like a call for the bean-counters.  
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:36 pm

When evaluating a derelict aircraft you have to consider not only what it will take in parts and labor to replace what is missing, but also the state of the paperwork. If it is not in order then virtually every part needs to be inspected and/or overhauled, which immediately makes the project impossible.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:07 am

She's been pretty badly cannibalized, I doubt she will ever see the skies again. -300's are near the end of their useful life, so I'd be willing to say it won't happen.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:23 am

According to the pictures photographer the aircraft is just being worked on and the vertical stabilizer being replaced. Bolt the tail, engines, and wing flaps/slats back on and looks pretty complete to me  

I'm no aircraft mechanic, but looks like it might just be going through a heavy check especially considering the paint was cleanly removed from the fuselage.
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:03 am

Of course it can be done.

However, it'll never fly straight again.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:51 am

Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter):
Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter):
Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter):

I have seen worse put back into service, she must be a low time/cycle bird parts are pretty available for them too!
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:14 am

I knew there would be a thread about this when I first saw the picture yesterday.
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:30 am

According to Planespotters, she is 'active'. Been in service with PIA her whole life :

http://www.planespotters.net/Product...akistan-International-Airlines.php
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:43 pm

Plane undergoing a heavy check can look quite interesting.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:47 pm

Judging by the work they've done on her exterior (sanding down to bare metal in preparation of new paint), I'm of the opinion there are plans to put her in the air again. Maybe plain white finish in preparation for sale - who knows.
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:25 pm

that plane has been robbed down to "Parade REST"! Yes it can be restored! with MUCHO Dinero, and about 2 months after all parts are in hand because it's down to Overhaul criteria as it looks right now. I'd estimate $3.5-5.2M depending on Corrosion. I have seen far worse repaired and was a rep for a B720 that went through restoration. The airplane was modified to carry JT8D-219's and it flew like a raped APE as a concept for replacing the KC135's engines with PW's rather than the CFM-56. The project came in on time and under Budget as well !!
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:03 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 2):
I don't see anything there that looks too difficult/costly, especially given that everything missing clearly went somewhere, perhaps to overhaul.

That is what I was thinking. Maybe that plane is in the middle of an overhaul and all the parts were removed for repair/rebuilding/replacement. I have some old films of planes getting a heavy check and they have all kinds of stuff removed.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:31 pm

It's the undercarriage that gives it away to me.. far too good for it not to be put back into service. If an airframe was not going anywhere the tyres get deflated at it generally looks like it stuck where it's sitting. That one looks ready to go.
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:37 pm

Why would anyone want to spend the huge amount of money to return that hulk to service? Would be much cheaper to acquire an intact retired 733, for example those now being retired by LH, which would need much less work.
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:23 pm

Stored in Karachi (Coastal City) without a proper protection will create a big amount of corrosion, that is one of the causes can make a plane end its life, So it will be difficult to send it to service again.

It´s cheaper to lease another plane than make this serviceable again.
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:38 pm

I am in agreement with SavannahMark. The picture was taken this month and it appears to me the plane is in the middle of a heavy maintenance visit. Nobody strips the paint off an airframe to scrap it. Based on the comment attached to the picture and what we can see, it looks to me like it will be painted and reassembled. I think the reason it looks so bad to some of the commenters is that the paint is off making it appear like a derelict.
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:22 pm

ATDB shows aircraft being parted out. She has 67625 hours 59472 cycles on her. Had the plane still had some paint on her I would have said she's a definate part out. However, the complete back to bare metal strip down suggests other use. Financially it makes no sense as there is more money in the parts value. If PIA really needed the capacity then much cheaper 300's are available. Odd........
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:09 pm

Wish I had spent more time looking at the larger photo. Peaking throw the starboard emergency evacuation door, the interior looks completely stripped. Yes, I believe it to be a part out but find it odd they would have sanded it down to bare metal. Has the Pakistani government finally enacted some real environment laws that requires the removal of potentially hazard paints and/or solvents prior to the scrapping of aircraft/ships? Would certainly be a step in the right direction.
 
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RE: Can This Plane Ever Be Serviceable?

Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:43 pm

While fundamentally it can become airworthy, I somewhat doubt an airplane in that condition could ever get anything other than a temporary airworthiness certificate, and not a certificate acceptable for commercial operations. It depends on the regulatory authority and Pakistan is more flexible than the FAA or EASA.

The FAA would revoke the airworthiness for that airplane because it no longer airworthy meeting its approved design. To get it back, an operator would need to demonstrate that the airplane is airworthy and capable of passing all inspections. While anything is possible, it would be very difficult to get approval to operate that airplane again since it is sitting out in an exposed environment. The corrosion in the cabin with a missing exit door would be extremely extensive. Most airplanes parked in the desert and parted out do not have valid airworthiness certificates.

There is a storage and preservation program that is included in the maintenance manual for airlines to keep store airplanes. When airplanes are parked and parted out not following those procedures, getting an airworthiness certificate to resume commercial operations is very difficult.

Here's the FAA guidance:

http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Gu...9E1B?OpenDocument&Highlight=8130.2
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