Transportation safety checks can take on a greater dimension of depth when the concern is over the flight worthiness of aircraft. Although R-1340 radials and PT6A turbines can require different MRO, it is still necessary to attend to these issues with a regular routine. While the FAA recognizes that aircraft accidents can still occur after a craft has been cleared for flight, there is also the awareness that mechanical failure accidents are minimal, compared to other issues such as:
- Flight conditions
- Pressure changes
- Pilot error
- Emergency protocol skills
Although other accident causes will always exist, the reduction of loss due to proper maintenance is still significant. Efforts to press this cause will also mean that owners and operators will need to pay special attention to proper and timely repairs, as well as documentation.
Skill Sets And Parts
While choice of engines can dictate the MRO that is required, both Pratt and Whitney turbines and radials do ensure the availability of parts and technicians, which can help to reduce overall operational costs, especially when components do not need to be special ordered or machined. This also makes it simpler to adhere to maintenance protocols on schedule, and this can further enhance productivity.
The use of radial engines is often considered one of the most functional routes in regards to upkeep. Regular tasks can be attended to with much of the ease of working on a car motor and can include such actions as:
- Adjusting valves
- Changing oil
- Clearing fuel lines and filters
- Checking compression differentials
It should also be noted that even the PT6A turbine offers MRO advantages, especially since the engine is designed in segments that are easier to operate on. However, the greater efficiency of the design also means that the power train, exhaust valves, and compression units are less likely to bind, and this can also reduce the long term costs.
Regardless of the model of engine or aircraft, maintenance still plays a large part in overall safety. By figuring these actions into the life of the craft, operators and owners can also gain the most value from their investment.