Sean Broderick with MRO-Network.com recently reported on the European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) airworthiness directive requiring Boeing 737NG operators to inspect CFM56-7B-series fan blade dovetails every 1,600 cycles--an interval almost twice as frequent as the previous requirement of 3,000 cycles. Read the full article.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its own and similar directive, AD 2018-18-01, on October 1. With 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—or soon will be—by these updated maintenance requirements.
The initial CFM service bulletin and airworthiness directives were issued as a result of the highly publicized fan blade failure on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, a 737NG departing from New York - LaGuardia Airport on April 17, 2018. The event resulted in one passenger fatality, serious damage to the aircraft from flying debris, and a dramatic emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.
If your fleet is affected by these updated requirements, 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. 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 completed GE’s mandatory company training, we obtained the full NDT equipment suite, and are fully authorized to conduct these tests.
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 350 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.