Engine Management Services (shop visit management)The cost of maintaining a commercial engine is typically 50% of an aircraft’s overall maintenance expenditure cost. As overhauls on larger engines can exceed $5M, the constant need to keep these costs under control is paramount in order to achieve profit maximization. Costs can only be managed and controlled if they are precisely defined.
Aviation Management (AMI) produces a life cost model, which takes into account the predicted engine removal dates, workscope and the cost of shop visits.
Since the history of the engine influences the costs and levels of future workscopes, AMI’s cost models take into account any previous visits and any contractual conditions. Effective management of shop visits can reduce costs and make a substantial difference to the bottom line cost of running an engine. Aviation Management conducts more than 75 plus shop visits each year – the fee associated with the management of these shop visits is more than paid for in savings provided to clients.
Engine Condition Monitoring
Engines are principally removed for three reasons: Performance trend monitoring, borescope rejection and time expiry of life-limited parts. Many AOGs, ‘Aircraft on Ground’ situations can be avoided through close monitoring of these conditions. By using the latest diagnostic equipment to analyze and address changes such as: sudden increased exhaust gas temperature (EGT), fuel flow, shaft speeds and oil consumption all help to ensure that the engine operates optimally.
Monitoring the routine loss of exhaust gas temperature margin, allows engine removals to be planned should the likelihood of the appropriate EGT be exceeded.
Aviation Managementt provides a state of the art trend monitoring service designed by the original owners of AMI that monitors these three key areas. The information received is reviewed on a 24/7 basis and the appropriate personnel informed immediately of any adverse trends.
Aircraft & Engine Selection Analysis
Prior to purchase of an aircraft or engine AMI can calculate and include a technical comparison of each of the aircraft / engines under consideration, with a financial model predicting the costs per hour of each aircraft / engine within each proposed application.
Our close monitoring of engine conditions, through trend reviews and borescopes will help to prevent more serious problems from arising. Early trouble-shooting keeps costs down and can help avoid costly unscheduled engine removals.
Invoice/Scrap Review Services
Due to the sheer scale of parts removed and replaced, innocent errors are frequently made within invoices. Aviation Management will conduct a complete invoice and scrap review following a shop visit to confirm reasons for rejections and to ensure parts are genuinely beyond repair. All invoices are checked against scrap, workscope, vendor invoices and shop visit reports. Several scrap management programs are in place with AMI’s larger customers, saving them thousands, even millions per year.
Aircraft Redelivery Services
Aviation Management plans aircraft & engine redeliveries several months in advance. Contractual delivery requirements and records are checked against the condition of the aircraft & engines and any potential issues discussed immediately.
Should an aircraft or engine subsequently require a hand-back shop visit to address an issue, there is then time to do so, without any impact on the redelivery of the aircraft.
New Aircraft & Engine Contract Negotiations
Solid performance at the start of contract negotiations is the best way to reduce costs. Effective negotiations on price, rates, warranties and guarantees at the start of a contract, will deliver savings throughout the life of the aircraft & engine contract. A reduction of just $1/Hr. in a Power By The Hour rate or labor rate has the potential to save $100,000’s over the life of a fleet.
Our Technical Team reviews warranties and guarantees offered by the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) and provide a written report with cost savings recommendations.
Aircraft & Engine Pre-Purchase Documentation Review (Back-To-Birth)
Prior to purchasing an engine or aircraft, AMI can perform the important step of ensuring a thorough technical review of all documentation from the seller. All previous Shop Visit documents, Back-To-Birth trace on LLPs, Engine Condition Monitoring and EGT reports are technically reviewed for accuracy and compliance. Any deviations are highlighted to the customer prior to purchase to ensure full clarity and safety satisfaction is reached.
Our technical documentation reviews also provide our customers with a stronger negotiation stance in relation to the purchase price.
Engine Removal Forecasting
Increasing the predictability of scheduled engine removals reduces ground time as well as manpower and operational costs. Planning the removal of engines to coincide with scheduled aircraft checks also reduces waiting time. Cost saving for these programs can be in the millions if customers inaccurately predict and schedule their engine shop visits.
Expert Witness Support for Insurance or Litigation requirements
AMI provides written and oral testimony in court as well as a high quality and personal service aligned to client need and deadlines. Our Technical Team includes FAA DER / DAR’s as well as Expert Witness Certificated personnel.
Warranty & FOD Guarantee Management
Our Technical Team will use our extensive experience in warranties and Foreign Object Damage (FOD) claims to ensure that a claim for an engine under investigation receives careful management. A detailed investigation will ascertain the reason for the incident and the extent of damage caused. It will also ensure that costs are apportioned correctly. This informative investigative report will ensure quick insurance / warranty collection by Aviation Managements customers.
AMI delivers a thorough administrative and monitoring service for warranties and guarantees. Our technical team monitor shop visit rates, In Flight Shut Down (IFSD) rates, and all costs associated with a shop visit. All events have to be reported in a timely manner to the OEM. Typically, after a period of time specified in most engine contracts, a claim must be submitted to the OEM, regarding any exceedances. If the timeframe has been missed, then those warranty costs cannot be claimed.