Keeping Planes in the Air

Travelling by air is one of the more popular modes of transport and has radically changed how you can travel and how long it takes to get to destinations.  Planes have come a long way from the first biplanes and now require resources, time and money for them to be built and to be up to the job.  As with anything, planes can develop faults and problems and at times need to be taken out of service to be repaired or have replacement parts fitted.  Taking a plane out of service to repair a fault naturally has an impact on passengers who are expected to be travelling on it.

If you are at the airport ready to embark on a holiday with your family or an important business trip, there can be nothing worse than hearing an announcement that your flight has been delayed or cancelled due to an unexpected problem with the plane.  To avoid unnecessarily long periods where aircraft have to be taken out of service, components that are specifically designed to prevent for such use should be used.  SKF supply components such as bearings and seals for aircraft and they have been designed with all aspects of the aircraft and the need for low maintenance taken into consideration.  These bearings and components are designed to work for a long time without needing to be replaced or constantly repaired.  Products such as self-lubricating bearings have been designed so that they will continue to work for much longer periods than standard bearings and as a result will not need to be changed as frequently meaning that the aircraft will not need to be grounded.  Making use of components which are designed to last longer and need less maintenance is beneficial to not just passengers but also to airline companies and operators.  An airline company can lose a lot of money if an aircraft has to be withdrawn at very short notice for repairs to be carried out; the more efficient the planes are, the less time they will have to spend being maintained and therefore the less money the airline will lose.  With smaller companies struggling to make a profit and stay in business they cannot afford to risk having to ground any of their planes due to faults or problems.

Planes and aircraft are now a lot more complex than they were when the first pioneers took to the sky.  It is no longer possible to make quick repairs using a spanner and some wire as due to the complexities of the designs, repairs can take some considerable time and can require the use of specialist tools and equipment.  Like any other vehicle, planes will need repairs and maintenance to be carried out but they are in almost constant use and so need to be much more efficient than other types of transport.  It is in the interest of passengers, pilots and companies for the best available parts to be put into service to avoid delays, frustrations and loss of money.


+Clive Simkins

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