Accession Number : ADA562696

Title :   Sustaining Air Force Aging Aircraft into the 21st Century

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-Aug 2011

Corporate Author : SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD (AIR FORCE) WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Eckbreth, Alan ; Saff, Charles ; Connolly, Kevin ; Crawford, Natalie ; Eick, Chris ; Goorsky, Mark ; Kacena, Neil ; Miller, David ; Schafrik, Robert ; Schmidt, Douglas

PDF Url : ADA562696

Report Date : 01 Aug 2011

Pagination or Media Count : 232

Abstract : As many of its fleets of legacy aircraft types are kept in service well beyond their planned services lives (sometimes in age, sometimes in usage, sometimes both), the United States Air Force (USAF) faces numerous engineering and resource challenges for the continued, cost-effective sustainment of those aging systems. This report details the recommendations made by the USAF Scientific Advisory Board's Sustaining Aging Aircraft (SAA) Study to best position the Air Force to meet those challenges. The SAA Study Panel visited a cross section of military and commercial aircraft maintenance organizations to assess sustainment practices and identify technologies that can extend system life and ease maintenance costs. The Study identified specific aircraft systems, in addition to structures and engines, that contribute to safety, availability, and effectiveness for aging aircraft; examined commercial practices in airlines, air freight services, and other industries, and evaluated how they might be applied to meet USAF needs; and identified technology needs and technology approaches that can be applied or developed to extend life or ease maintenance of these aircraft systems, while facilitating future adaptations and performance enhancements of the aircraft.

Descriptors :   *AGING(MATERIALS), *AVIATION SAFETY, *LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT, *MILITARY AIRCRAFT, AIR FORCE PLANNING, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING, STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE