LINCOLN, NEB. — In 2011, Duncan Aviation performed 16 out-of-sequence paint removals to accommodate early detection of surface corrosion on business aircraft prior to inspection, and demand for the service is increasing. Eight aircraft are already scheduled to receive out-of-sequence strip and paint events in 2012, with more commitments pending. Five events are currently in process.
Stripping an aircraft prior to maintenance is a proactive approach to corrosion detection that buys extra time for repairs. Duncan Aviation refers to this method of interrupting the paint cycle as an “out-of-sequence” strip and paint event.
“Business aircraft fleets are aging, and with age comes a higher risk of corrosion,” says Suzanne Hawes, Paint Completions Representative at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan, facility. “This program helps detect aircraft corrosion before a major inspection begins, which can save operators a month or more of downtime if major repairs are required.”
Duncan Aviation has long offered paint removal prior to inspection as a service option for its customers. Now as more business aircraft are approaching 12 years of age, Duncan Aviation’s maintenance teams are observing more instances of corrosion across many aircraft makes and models. If an operator is concerned about corrosion on their aircraft, they may want to consider stripping the aircraft prior to inspection.
“With an out-of-sequence event, we can address the corrosion and minimize the impact to the customer. It can really save downtime in the long run,“ says Hawes.
There will be limited out-of-sequence events in 2012. Out-of-sequence events can be performed for any aircraft, and should be scheduled four to six months in advance.
For more information about Duncan Aviation’s out-of-sequence strip and paint program, please contact Suzanne Hawes at 269.969.8451, or read the “Corrosion Detection: How to Prevent Scheduling Disruptions on Major Airframe Inspections” field guide at www.DuncanAviation.aero/fieldguides.
Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services and pre-owned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at 800.228.1836 or 402.475.4125 (international) who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory/propeller repairs and overhauls.
Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include a maintenance facility in Provo, Utah, more than 20 satellite avionics facilities and eight engine Rapid Response Team launch offices strategically located throughout the United States.
For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, contact us at 402.475.2611 or 800.228.4277. Or visit us on the web at www.DuncanAviation.aero.
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