Aircraft Component Repair Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen to the Airbus aircraft used for Flight 1549?
It was a miraculous landing, the pilots were simply brilliant!
1. Anyone know what will happen to the Airbus now stranded in the river?
2. How likely is it to be repaired and flown again?
3. When being removed from the river, will they have to dismantle the plane?
Also, if they cannot get it flying again wouldn’t it be wonderful if they stored it in some museum?
It will be lifted out and most likely placed on a barge to be transported to a site where the NTSB can inspect it. If they can find a suitable site close by the aircraft may be delivered intact. Same for a US Air or Airbus Repair centre. Overland transport would, at the very least, require the removal of the wings and the tail sections.
After that it will probably go to a repair centre for further inspection by US AIR and Airbus. I am sure that Airbus would like to determine if the aircraft can be re-flown (doubtful) and why it didn’t break apart on impact with the water. At the very least they will salvage as many components as they can and re-use them if possible on other aircraft.
No idea when they will attempt to lift it out. That will probably be determined when they have a place on dry land to put it. Hopefully that will be soon because of environmental concerns and the fact that the Hudson water probably isn’t very friendly to aircraft components.
A museum display is highly unlikely. If the aircraft cannot be rendered serviceable it will likely be scrapped for parts as stated previously.
And as I said Airbus will want to inspect the structure very carefully and that will probably require complete dis-assembly of major structural components.
UPDATE – CNN is reporting that they may try tomorrow to get the plane out and take it to Wright Field. Today would have been preferrable but they have to get the equipment in place first. This is probably a logistical nightmare.
Pax jet pilots. How many non working items have you flown with on your aircraft’s minimum equipment list?
How quickly are these defective parts repaired? Before the next flight or the next day or next week?
Is it rare not to have a few items on the MEL?
You’re going to get all kinds of answers to your question and I think you’ll find, generally speaking, that most maintenance divisions of any airline are a proud bunch of guys….so your answers, I would guess, would be something like “not very much”…in an airline career that spanned almost 40 years, I can’t remember more than 2 or max, 3 on any one flight….all relatively non-critical items. However, I cannot fail to pass this experience on to you, while at the same time relating with awe and pride my experience of having flown for 5 years for the country of Japan………In 5 years, of flying a full line schedule…in 5 years!!……a grand TOTAL of 1 (ONE!!) “inoperative sticker” I repeat!! ONE!!……..in 5 years!!
How much does owning a Aircraft cost me Annually?
Say a Cessna 152. What can I expect annually for cost to keep it? Repairs, parking, check-ups, fees, etc?
That’s like asking how long a piece of rope is – it depends on the rope.
This question depends on how many hours a year you fly. Your fixed expenses are:
Hanger (or T-Hanger)
The annual should run about $1,000, more or less, depending on factors, such as how often it’s flown. The more an a/c is flown, the less things break. Yep, that’s what I said… The engine, for instance, if it is not run will develop rust on the cylinder walls, resulting in earlier TBO than factory recommendations.
If you fly more than about 150 to 200 hours a year, owning is generally less expensive. If you fly less than that, it might actually cost more to own than rent. On the other hand, it’s nice to know the plane’s available any time you want it.. Sometimes a tough choice..
What are the metal ‘patches’ on the skin of an aircraft (top face of wings)?
There are 2 types – ones that are riveted on (repairs maybe?), and others that seem to have some type of screws (maintenance holes??? access points?) Most of the ‘screw’ ones are circular. Some of the ‘patches’ are on both wings, while others are on only one.
Aircraft: MIG 15
On the tops of the wings, it’s usually to access the fuel tanks in most pipers
Can my recruiter pick my Mos at the recruiting office? If so can I change it during MEPS?
I told my recruiter I wanted 15G AIRCRAFT STRUCTURAL REPAIR. He signed me up on the computer and printed out an application, I now want to change my MOS to be 11B INFANTRY. Can I change it during MEPS?
Your recruiter does not give you your MOS. When you go to MEPS after you take the ASVAB and your physical you should see a Career Counselor, who will then tell you what jobs you qualify for and which jobs are open. The Career Counselor will ask if there is anything you want to do and see if you qualify, thats when your MOS gets chosen.
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