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Accession Number ADA562696
Title Sustaining Air Force Aging Aircraft into the 21st Century.
Publication Date Aug 2011
Media Count 232p
Personal Author A. Eckbreth C. Eick C. Saff K. Connolly N. Crawford
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.
Keywords Aging aircraft
Air force planning
Aircraft availability
Aircraft maintenance
Asip(Aircraft structural integrity program)
Aviation safety
Avip(Avionics integrity program)
Cssip(Computer systems and software integrity program)
Diminished manufacturing sources
Fvb(Fleet viability board)
Laser shearography
Life cycle management
Mecsip(Mechanical and subsystems integrity program)
Military aircraft
Nondestructive testing
Psip(Propulsion systems integrity program)
Structural integrity
X-ray backscatter

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Scientific Advisory Board (Air Force), Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. Jan-Aug 2011.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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