Aircraft recovery - Articles and news items
Issue 5 2010 • 1 October 2010 • William Cusato, Chairman – IATA Aircraft Recovery Task Force (ARTF), Sr. Manager Hangar Maintenance – LAX, FedEx Express
Aircraft recovery has largely been a ‘Black Art,’ with many stories of heroic efforts and unorthodox procedures that are made infamous over a pint after the work is done. However, the industry has changed since the days when the character portrayed by George Kennedy in the original Airport motion picture firewalled the throttles of a Boeing 707 stuck in the snow as if it was hotrod muscle car. In contrast to that aircraft recovery story are hundreds of other real-world scenarios with negative outcomes, because the parties involved were unprepared to address the situations they faced.
It's an exciting time in the world of aircraft recovery and it is worth sharing this excitement, some of the trends, innovations and new developments with the aviation community. Most airlines and airports would prefer that aircraft recovery not be a part of their normal business, because, when we talk about aircraft recovery, we generally relate this issue to situations that disrupt normal operations and present many challenges for the airlines, as well as airport operators. However, the topic is always worthy of some good discussion, and let's face it, none of us, whether we are an airline or airport operator, are immune to the challenges that a disabled aircraft brings.