AerSale, Inc. to Provide Maintenance Services to NASA’s DC-8 – the Flying Laboratory
11/20/2013 8:00 AM
AerSale, Inc. will be providing “C” check
maintenance services for one of NASA's Airborne Science Program workhorses – the
DC-8-72 flying laboratory. The aircraft has been flown to AerSale’s maintenance
facility in Roswell, New Mexico, where it is to undergo major inspection and
AerSale will provide maintenance as part of the aircraft’s new
Low Utilization Maintenance Plan -- LUMP for short. The LUMP also marries basic maintenance, the Corrosion Prevention and
Control Program (CPCP) and the Structural Significant Items (SSI) inspection
program into a single maintenance plan for efficiency and safety.
the LUMP program for NASA's DC-8-72 based on a maintenance plan for aircraft
that fly fewer than 1,200 hours annually. For NASA's DC-8-72, this translates
into periodic inspections that cost less and are more easily scheduled around
science mission activities.
"This heavy ‘C’ check enters NASA's DC-8-72 into the LUMP scheme of
maintenance that provides a highly efficient means for managing airframe and
subsystems inspections," said NASA's DC-8-72 project manager Frank Cutler.
“We are enthusiastic that NASA has selected
AerSale to fulfill this DC-8-72 maintenance contract. This project allows
AerSale-Roswell the opportunity to demonstrate its exceptional aircraft heavy
maintenance expertise in compliance with the rigorous operational requirements
of NASA,” commented Nicolas Finazzo, Chief Executive Officer of the company.
“We are dedicated to the success of this program and excited about the prospect
of fulfilling additional NASA requirements in the future.”
About NASA’s DC-8-72
NASA's DC-8-72 flying laboratory has flown Earth science missions for
more than 25 years under NASA's Airborne Science Program. A meticulous level of
maintenance has allowed this aircraft to conduct research on six continents and
study ice fields on the seventh – Antarctica. The four-engine jet transport
aircraft has been highly modified to support the agency's missions. Acquired by
NASA in 1985, the aircraft is 157 feet long with a 148-foot wingspan. With a
range of 5,400 nautical miles – about 6,200 statute miles - it can cruise at
altitudes from 1,000 to 41,000 feet supporting science missions of up to 12
hours in duration, although most science missions average 6 to 10 hours. The DC-8-72
can carry 30,000 pounds of scientific instruments and equipment and can seat up
to 45 scientists and flight crew.
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