Ageing Aircraft Management Plan
Understanding ageing aircraft
All aircraft could be considered to be ageing aircraft from the day of manufacture. However, the rate at which an individual aircraft ages is dependent on a range of factors that are unique to that particular aircraft. The extent of ageing is dependent on how the subject aircraft have been individually operated, maintained and stored during their respective lives.
Most aircraft in the GA world were designed with a nominal life of around 20 years. The Australian GA fleet is now quickly approaching an average age of 40 years. This discrepancy leaves a gap of knowledge between what the manufacturers designed the aircraft to, and the current use of these ageing aircraft.
What is CASA doing?
CASA has instigated the Ageing Aircraft Management Plan (AAMP). This 3 stage plan, started in 2011, was developed to gather information from operators and determine the effects of operation, maintenance and the environment are having on the Australian GA fleet. Stage 1 began with the release of the Ageing Aircraft Management Plan Discussion Paper
Stage 2 of the AAMP led to the development of the Prototype Matrix Tool, which allows the likelihood of an individual aircraft to be susceptible to ageing related issues.
Stage 3 of the AAMP is currently underway, with the review of the goals and tasks undertaken in Stage 2 being reviewed as well as the development of the production version of the matrix tool.
Resources and Links
Flight Safety Australia Articles
- Issue 66: Jan-Feb 2009, pages 9-15
- Issue 69: Jul-Aug 2009, pages 31,32 and 41
- Issue 74: May-Jun 2010, pages 29-32
- Issue 75: Jul-Aug 2010, pages 29-32
- Issue 78: Jan-Feb 2011, pages 8-15
- Issue 81: Jul-Aug 2011, pages 31-33
- Issue 85: Mar-Apr 2012, pages 22-23
- Issue 86: May-Jun 2012, pages 28-29
- Issue 88: Sep-Oct 2012, pages 40-41
- Doing it right - June 23 2014, FSA.com
SIDs program finds dangerous defects - Dec 19 2014, FSA.com
For more information on the AAMP, please contact:
Pieter van Dijk on 131 757 or Pieter.firstname.lastname@example.org