MTU accessories specialists

Canada - Richmond

06.2018

Vital engine components

It’s 11 p.m. in central Europe, or 2 p.m. local time in Rich­mond, British Columbia, Canada. Here, right on the door­step of Vancouver and its inter­national air­port, there’s a lively buzz of activity at MTU Main­tenance’s Ac­ces­sories Repair Center. Various de­fective ac­ces­sories have been an­nounced and arrive punctually for main­tenance. If you imagine an aero engine — with its com­pressors, turbines and combustor — as a human heart, then its ac­ces­sories could be likened to the coronary blood vessels. Just as the human heart is sur­rounded by a net­work of arteries, the engine is sur­rounded by a range of sup­porting com­ponents. The analogy continues: ac­ces­sories are critical to the func­tioning of the whole, as in the human heart. Should these ac­ces­sories fail, the engine is at risk of suffering some­thing akin to a heart attack: in the worst case, the air­craft must remain grounded — and mean­while, the costs increase with every passing minute. Christian Ludwig and his team are there to do all they can to avoid such a scenario. “And if it does happen, we’re the ones who can get the air­craft back in the air fastest,” says the Director of Operations, Ac­ces­sories at MTU Maintenance Canada.

MTU Maintenance Canada possesses expertise in some 450 repair techniques.

Background information Now also in Canada: V2500 MRO

Hannover, Zhuhai and now also Richmond (as of 2017). MTU now offers MRO services for the V2500 in three locations—for even greater proximity to the customer and shorter turnaround times.

450 repair procedures for all accessories

Founded in1998 and currently employing a staff of around 400, the MTU sub­sidiary offers an extensive port­folio of ac­ces­sory repairs for every­thing from busi­ness jet engines such as the CF34-3 to the mighty GE90 that powers the Boeing 777. At the Ac­ces­sories Repair Center, MTU’s team of some 100 engineers takes the units apart, gives them a good clean, per­forms visual inspection and tests on the com­po­nents. Repairs are then carried out, followed by re-as­sem­bly and final testing, before the ac­ces­sory is sent back to the customer. “The biggest chal­lenge when it comes to ac­ces­sories is the enormous complexity involved,” says Ludwig, mindful of the fact that one single engine has an average of 80 dif­fer­ent ac­ces­sories. Accordingly, in Richmond, repairs draw on some 450 dif­ferent pro­cedures. Speed is of the essence when carrying out repair work and this is precisely the Canadians’ strong point: they are so well-organized that defective ac­ces­sories can be replaced with func­tioning ones within between four and 24 hours.

In addition to traditional repair work in its own shop, MTU also offers manage­ment of line replace­able units (LRUs). This is an all-inclusive service package whereby MTU takes care of all an airline’s ac­ces­sories and replaces specific ac­ces­sory compo­nents on site during routine operations, with the assis­tance of MTU’s local air­line support team.