Accession Number : ADA317407

Title :   Aging Combat Aircraft Fleets - Long Term Applications (les Consequences a long terme du vieillissement des flottes d'avions de combat).

Descriptive Note : Lecture series,

Corporate Author : ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)

PDF Url : ADA317407

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 231

Abstract : This Lecture Series covers systems update and structural airworthiness aspects of aging, fixed-wing aircraft. It highlights the aspect of retrofit/rejuvenation of aging aircraft through presentations relating to three front-line combat aircraft in NATO's inventory. The presentations describe implementation strategies and ways to improve the ability of an airframe to accommodate new systems to meet present day mission requirements. Technical issues pertaining to structural safety, maintenance management, and proactive rehabilitation/retrofit schemes are also discussed. It provides technical information to fleet operators and managers to assist them to better manage aging aircraft fleets and be able to deal with aging related problems as they arise. It also targets industry personnel responsible for upgrading the capabilities of combat aircraft, maintenance personnel at air logistics centers, and specialists involved with the design of repairs and prescription of inspection methods. 'Aging aircraft' has several connotations, amongst them technological obsolescence, performance upgrading, changing mission requirements unanticipated during design specification and development, the specter of runaway maintenance costs, decreased safety, impairment of fleet readiness, and unavailability of home depot facilities.

Descriptors :   *AGING(MATERIALS), *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, *FIXED WING AIRCRAFT, NATO, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, COSTS, SUPPLY DEPOTS, AIR LOGISTICS SUPPORT, FRANCE, AIRFRAMES, AVIATION SAFETY, COMBAT FORCES, AIRWORTHINESS, RETROFITTING, LECTURES, OBSOLESCENCE, REJUVENATION, STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY.

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE