The highly publicized fan blade failure on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, a 737NG departing from New York - LaGuardia Airport on April 17, 2018, resulted in one passenger fatality, serious damage to the aircraft from flying debris, and a dramatic emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.
Increased Engine Inspections For CFM56-7B Engines
The incident caused both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its overseas counterpart the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to issue Emergency Airworthiness Directives (ADs) requiring increased and more stringent blade inspections for all CFM56-7B engines. In addition, CFM International, the manufacturer of the CFM56-7B engines, issued a Service Bulletin recommending comprehensive fan blade inspections at different points during the engine cycle count. An engine cycle is defined as the whole operation of the engine from initial start, flight, through final shutdown, and is a primary factor in determining maintenance and engine inspection intervals. The situation creates a serious increase in required maintenance for fleets using aircraft with the CFM56-7B engine.
To help clear up any confusion over the new engine inspection requirements, and to answer any questions that fleet operators may have, AerSale® has issued a free new industry brief on CFM56-7B engines, new inspection requirements, and the options that operators have, that we believe you’ll find very helpful.
Affecting Fleets Worldwide
There are more than 14,000 CFM56-7B engines in service with fleets all around the world. Chances are very good that your fleet has already been affected by the new maintenance requirements, or if not, probably soon will be. Your next step is to partner with a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operation with extensive experience in fan blade inspections, one with both the capability and the advanced testing equipment needed to perform the many types of testing required, and to do the job correctly and comprehensively. Our new industry brief goes into the details of these fan blade and engine inspections, showing you just what tests will be performed, how they are done, and what they are looking for. We believe it offers concise yet complete insight into what will need to be done on CFM56-7B engines to comply with the new requirements.
We will also show you why AerSale is your best choice of MRO for completing these engine inspections.
For CFM56-7B engine inspection compliance, only General Electric (GE) factory-trained technicians may perform the fan blade inspections, utilizing a suite of sophisticated non-destructive testing (NDT) ultrasonic equipment. AerSale technicians have already completed GE’s mandatory company training, we have obtained the full NDT equipment suite, and are fully authorized and very capable of conducting these tests. See our free industry brief for more details.
A global aviation leader, AerSale specializes in the sale, lease, and exchange of used aircraft, engines, and components, in addition to providing a broad range of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for commercial aircraft and components. AerSale also offers asset management services to owners of end-of-life aircraft and engine portfolios. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, AerSale maintains offices and operations in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including FAA-approved aircraft maintenance and repair facilities in Goodyear, Arizona, and Roswell, New Mexico, with a large inventory of airplanes, airframes, engines, parts, and technical support. In addition, AerSale Component Solutions (formerly Aero Mechanical Industries) operates a 100,000-square-foot repair facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, that handles both metallic and composite airframe components.
Providing global reach from strategically located facilities, the AerSale team includes over 200 employees focused on flight equipment leasing, sales, maintenance, storage, and distribution, who maintain an aircraft and engine portfolio valued in excess of $1 billion. AerSale is also committed to the highest standards of quality assurance practices and procedures, and has earned recognition and certifications from the industry’s governing bodies including FAA, EASA, ISO 9001:2008, AS9100, ASA 100, and AFRA.
For more information about AerSale and how we can help you meet your engine inspection and maintenance needs, please contact us.