Aircraft Maintenance Technology

OCT 2018

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Page 22 of 63 23 associations, such as IATA, stated filter monitors had to be compliant to the 7th Edition by June 30, 2018. The industry couldn’t meet the deadline. “The demand was so high and so instantaneous, that we couldn’t keep up with demand. They ultimately had to extend that deadline to the end of 2018,” Leonard says. “Could we be looking at the extension of that Dec. 31, 2020, deadline? I have no idea. It all depends on where the industry is at with a qualified element, and the time it takes to convert existing equipment.” Pay the Price “The top consideration here is safety,” stresses Leonard. “The flying public has to be safe, there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It’s just not acceptable to put water or particulate in an aircraft.” But there is another consideration that is almost as important and that is cost. The financial implications of adhering to this mandate will be huge. There are an estimated 15,000 pieces of monitor-style fueling equipment in the aviation industry, and Leonard states end users will probably pay approximately $10,000 per piece of equipment to retrofit units with a filter monitor alternative. “That is a cost to the industry of right around $150 million,” he points out. Making sure equipment is retrofitted will fall on ground support companies fueling the aircraft. But the airlines, Murray says, “are going to have to ultimately pay for it, and they will pass that cost down to the consumer.” “Ultimately it’ll increase the cost of fueling, and the ticket holder will pay the price,” Muzik adds. “The plane refuelers are not going to absorb this. They’re going to pass it onto the airlines, and the airlines are going to pass it onto the customer.” Though the deadline looms, Wildschütz asks that all players be very intentional as they decide their course of action. Muzik states they should be asking what it will cost them to deploy the technology, what it will cost to maintain the technology, and what solutions are optimal. Wildschütz purports most airports do not have a fuel water issue, especially those in the U.S., and recommends gathering data about water issues for at least six months before choosing a solution. “This data,” he explains, “will give you a very good idea of what technology is best for you.” Quality Experience, Turntime Since 1960, operators worldwide have trusted Consolidated Aircraft Supply for their accessory overhauls. Factory trained and authorized by K.G.S. Electronics. Wherever you are worldwide, no matter what aircraft you operate, our extensive spares inventory is ready to solve your AOG needs. Call NOW for competitive pricing. CONSOLIDATED AIRCRAFT SUPPLY CO., INC. Delivering On Time, At A Price That Flies True. Factory trained and authorized by: KGS Electronics FAA GI1R167K EASA 4346 Major credit cards accepted 631.981.7700 • Fax: 631.981.7706 Fax: 631.981.7706 • Toll Free USA: 800.422.6300 55 Raynor Ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 USA •

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