Covid-19 versus engine storage
Why is the correct engine storage vitally important especially in today’s COVID-19 pandemic? Aircraft engines are the single most expensive item installed to an aircraft, so ask yourself “how do I keep my engines airworthy?”
COVID-19 has turned the aviation industry upside down and is testing its ability to adapt to the impact of sudden change whilst aircraft are parked all over the world. Airlines have been forced to reduce flying and passenger numbers have dropped considerably from what should have been a busy European summer flying program.
Airlines usually employ a team of powerplant engineers to keep a watchful eye on their engines performance and help maintain the “controlled environment”. This ensures the safety and continuing airworthiness of their fleet. But what about when the aircraft are removed from this environment?
Recent times have seen the demise of well-known airlines. Administrators and lessors have been scrambling to recover their assets and engage independent CAMO’s to provide the controlled environment the airlines previously owned.
The Controlled Environment
Manufacturers data provides parking and storage requirements for each aircraft type. These requirements are now being tested more than ever before. Certification of the ongoing periodic requirements is provided by a Part 145 organisation, whilst engines are installed on-wing. But did you know, once an engine is removed the certification privileges fall under a different Part 145 category?
Engine shops visits are down 70%, lessors and operators are using up green time and storing U/S engines. When or if the time comes to sell or part-out engines (reduce to produce, extract LLP’s and hardware for re-use) potential buyers will forensically examine the documentation and will soon find out the asset has been sitting in the corner of dusty hangar or has not been stored IAW Manufacturers approved data, certified by an appropriately approved organisation.
If you have not engaged a CAMO to provide the controlled environment, and a Part 145 to action and certify maintenance, you may not be able to demonstrate your off-wing engine is airworthy. A controlled environment is key to a successful outcome
The Airworthiness Solution
Remember this equation:
Engine + CAMO = Controlled environment + Part 145 = Engine Value
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