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"In praise of maintenance"

Updated: May 7, 2019

Here's another Freakonomics Radio episode that's interesting in the perspective of an aviation professional. It's an oldie but goodie.


Of course, we've always known about this in our industry. Flying is such a risky adventure and aircraft are such expensive assets that there's just no way around it.


That being said, if you work as or near an aircraft maintenance engineer, you know the kind of resistance they're faced with when it comes to justifying the cost of maintenance. In the eyes of the client, it is very often too long/expensive/complicated/by-the-book to do the maintenance work required to continue to fly safely.


That's why this episode peaked our interest: it explains the importance of maintenance in a way that both more general and more specific than our aviation insiders habitual sources.


So what do you think is maintenance work valued enough in our industry? If regulatory requirements weren't so stiff, do you think maintenance would still get done?

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Pete Corp
Pete Corp
Jan 17, 2020

very very broad question... here's my very broad thought to your two question :

1) do you think is maintenance work valued enough in our industry?

Of course not ..... by the hours , look how much it cost you to have your car fix

and compare to have your C172 fix within general aviation !

2) If regulatory requirements weren't so stiff, do you think maintenance would still get done?

first of all , what requirements are you referring to ? do mean that :

following manufacturers recommendation is stiff ?

having to do mntce with with approved AMO, AME, ATO is stiff ?

having to buy approved parts from a recognized supplier is stiff ?

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