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Aircraft Cycles And Flight Hours

Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:34 pm

All aircrafts have a specified amount of cycles and/or flight hours on them before they have to be retired.. I was wondering if someone could post some numbers on some popular models out there like:-

777, 747, 787, 737, A320, A330/340, A380, DC's

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roseflyer
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RE: Aircraft Cycles And Flight Hours

Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:36 pm

These are not life limits but intended design limitations. The maintenance requirements get more and more significant with time. For example the number of cycles the A320 was designed for was 48000 cycles, but airbus has extended the maintenance program to 60,000 cycles and beyond.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-11-15/html/2010-28363.htm

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NPRM table 3 Final rule Sec. Sec. 121.1115 and
------------------------------ 129.115 table 1
Airplane model ------------------------------------------
Design and Extended Service Default LOVs [flight cycles (FC) or
Goals (flight cycles) flight hours (FH)]
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Airbus:
A300 B2 Series 32................ 48,000...................... 48,000 FC
A300 B4-100 Series 33............ 40,000...................... 40,000 FC
A300 B4-203........................ 34,000...................... 34,000 FC
A300-600 Series 34............... 30,000...................... 30,000 FC/67,500 FH
A310-200 Series (all models)....... 40,000...................... 40,000 FC/60,000 FH
A310-300 Series (all models)....... 35,000...................... 35,000 FC/60,000 FH
A318 Series (all models)........... None provided............... 48,000 FC/60,000 FH
A319 Series (all models)........... 48,000...................... 48,000 FC/60,000 FH
A320-100 Series (all models) 35.. 48,000...................... 48,000 FC/48,000 FH
A320-200 Series (all models) 35.. 48,000...................... 48,000 FC/60,000 FH
A321 Series (all models)........... 48,000...................... 48,000 FC/60,000 FH
A330-200, -300 Series (except WV050 40,000...................... 40,000 FC/60,000 FH
family) (non enhanced) 36.
A330-200, -300 Series WV050 family 40,000...................... 33,000 FC/100,000 FH
(enhanced) 36.
A330-200 Freighter Series.......... None provided............... NOTE 38
A340-200, 300 Series(except WV 027 20,000...................... 20,000 FC/80,000 FH
and WV050 family) (non enhanced)
37.
A340-200, 300 Series WV 027 (non 20,000...................... 30,000 FC/60,000 FH
enhanced) 37.
A340-300 SeriesWV050 family 20,000...................... 20,000 FC/100,000 FH
(enhanced) 37.
A340-500, 600 Series (all models) 20,000...................... 16,600 FC/100,000 FH
37.
A380-800 Series (all models)....... None provided............... NOTE 39
Boeing:
Boeing 707 (-100 Series and -200 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(g)
Series).
Boeing 707 (-300 Series and -400 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(g)
Series).
717 (all models)................... 60,000...................... 60,000 FC/60,000 FH
Boeing 720......................... 30,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(g)
727 (all models)................... 60,000...................... 60,000 FC
737 (Classics): 737-100, -200, - 75,000...................... 75,000 FC
200C, -300, -400, -500 40.
737 (NG): 737-600, -700, -700C, 75,000...................... 75,000 FC
800, 900 40.
737-900ER.......................... None provided............... 75,000 FC
747 (Classics): 747-100, -100B, - 20,000...................... 20,000 FC
100B SUD, -200B, -200C, -200F, -
300, -747SP, 747SR 41.
747-400: 747-400, -400D, -400F 41 20,000...................... 20,000 FC
757 (all models)................... 50,000...................... 50,000 FC
767 (all models)................... 50,000...................... 50,000 FC
777-200, -300 42................. 44,000...................... 40,000 FC
777-200LR, 777-300ER 42.......... 44,000...................... 40,000 FC
777F............................... None provided............... 11,000 FC
Bombardier:
CL-44D4 and CL-44J................. 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(g)
CL-600: 2D15 (Regional Jet Series None provided............... 60,000 FC
705), 2D24 (Regional Jet Series
900).
British Aerospace Airbus, Ltd.:
BAC 1-11 (all models).............. 85,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(g)
British Aerospace (Commercial Aircraft)
Ltd.:
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy A.W. 650 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(g)
Series 101.
BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd.:
BAE 46 (all models) and Avro 146 50,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(g)
RJ70A, RJ85A and RJ100A (all
models).
Embraer:
ERJ 170 (all models)............... None provided............... NOTE 43
ERJ 190 (all models)............... None provided............... NOTE 44
Fokker:
F.28 Mark 70, Mark 100 (all models) 90,000...................... 90,000 FC
Lockheed:
300-50A01 (USAF C 141A)............ 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(g)
L-1011 (all models)................ 36,000...................... 36,000 FC
188 (all models)................... 26,600...................... 26,600 FC

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382 (all models)................... 20,000...................... 20,000 FC/50,000 FH
1649A-98........................... 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(a)
1049-54, 1049B-55, 1049C-55, 1049D- 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(a)
55, 1049E-55, 1049F-55, 1049G-8249-
46, 149-46, 649-79, 649A-79.
749-79, 749A-79.................... 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(a)
McDonnell Douglas:
DC-6 45.......................... 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(a)
DC-6A (all models) 45............ 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(a)
DC-6B (all models) 45............ 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(a)
DC-7 (all models) 45............. 20,000...................... Excluded per Sec. 26.21(a)
DC-8, -8F (all models)............. 50,000...................... 50,000 FC/50,000 FH
DC-9 (all models).................. 100,000..................... 100,000 FC/100,000 FH
MD-80 (all models)................. 50,000...................... 50,000 FC/50,000 FH
MD-90 (all models) 46............ 60,000...................... 60,000 FC/90,000 FH
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