Ageing Aircraft Sustainment: Optimising Availability by Trent Simcock
Any number of organisations can attest that sustainment of ageing aircraft is difficult. As aircraft age, issues such as obsolescence and maintenance effort increase and can become problematic; in some cases these issues can lead to early aircraft retirement. However as aircraft reach their planned withdrawal date or structural life-of-type, there is the potential for optimisation of aircraft availability through the development of well defined and structured management strategies when significant issues appear. The AP-3C Orion platform recently identified an issue with Stress Corrosion Cracking in Wing Panels. This presentation outlines how the organisation developed the ongoing management strategy resulting in only a minor impact to aircraft availability.
Trent Simcock holds a Bachelor Degree of Aerospace Engineering (Hons), 2009, and a Bachelor Degree of Mathematical and Computer Science, 2008, both from the University of Adelaide. Trent began working for the Defence Material Organisation (DMO) as part of the DMO Graduate scheme in August 2010, and completed rotations in both Airlift SPO in RAAF Richmond (NSW) and Naval Aviation SPO in HMAS Albatross (NSW). From mid-2011 he has worked as the Structural Fatigue Manager in Maritime Patrol SPO (SA), working in the Aircraft Structural Integrity Cell at RAAF Edinburgh, including 2012-2015 managing a small team responsible for the two major fatigue programs on the P-3 - the Safety By Inspection and Repair Assessment programs. Currently he is the P-3 Fatigue Manager working in the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program team in Maritime Patrol SPO, and is responsible for the regulatory oversight of the P-3 fatigue program as delegated to the ASIP team from ASI-DGTA (Defence Regulatory Organsation).