Aircraft maintenance is essential part of airline industry. There are many MRO facilities in the world with great maintenance hangars and technicians spread in acres of lands. Yet there is a need to improvise in the design, layout and structure to increase the efficiency of maintenance hangars, so that more aircrafts can be tended at a time including increasing the efficiency of mechanics, technicians and other staff. The Avdome Holdings is working towards a progressive more efficient world class MRO services.
Top architects have contributed in the design, taking into consideration all aspects of a maintenance hangar facility. This maintenance Hangar will have a hangar area, shop area, warehouse area, office/administration and specialty area and building utilities area. The hangar area should have these major functional areas i.e. the main hangar, parts room, engine shop, avionics shop, paints room, that should be easily accessible to the technicians. Easy access is very important in planning the hangar facility as it reduces time moving from one facility to another and thus increases efficiency.
It examined and studied the existing hangars. These are mostly rectangular and only one plane can be moved in and out at a time from the Hangar. This disrupts the work as several other aircrafts too have to be moved to take out the finished plane. Some larger MRO facilities have six to ten two bays large hangars.
Avdome and its architects have done a lot of thinking into its designing so that maximum facility is built in limited area in such a way that many human factors relating to technicians, working environment and ergonomics were considered and taken into account in the architect and design such that everything is available in a short time and distance to the technicians and staff.
It will also offer a complete overhaul, repair and re-configuration of aircraft interiors like carpet, seats, IFES, Galley, Lavatory, LOPA design and prototyping, CAD modeling, alternation and repairs, certification(FAA & EASA) and last but not the least Testing(impact, cycle, flammability, static test)
The space frame structure design, basically a circular design of the hangar will enable to house four A380s or four B747-8s and 6 NB aircraft at once. This design will save 40% of space compared to the traditional hangar and will enable to build 3 times more space for additional facility. It will have a radial clear span of 100 meters (1,149 ft.), a diameter of 110 meters and a lower chord height of 30 meters. The 28,804 m² and 77,800 m² hangar facility will also enable to provide for component maintenance.
In a traditional rectangular hangar much time is wasted as the workers are time card in for check in and it takes half an hour to go to the task assigned aircraft. Round trip is more than an hour .The hangar’s administrative, spare parts, special tools, consumable parts, coordinating engineering office, spare aircraft parts, drawing, engineering publications etc. will be centrally located which will save time by 20 to 30%. This will increase the efficiency of the staff. Management team can also watch the work performed from its centrally located office. The radial arrangement not only makes more space for aircrafts but also easy accessibility to the work area and tools/engineering/administration area. It can house not only 4 large bodied aircrafts but will also be able to park 6 narrow bodied aircrafts in between the larger ones, this way more aircrafts can be tended to at once in a facility without moving any other aircraft . This facilitates all of the workers needs and is designed for the best functional use between the departments.
The total area that each department will hold is as follows:
Roof - 18,683 m² space for solar panel & 10,121m² space for sky light panel
6F - 18,683 m² - Spare Parts Storage
5F - 18,683 m² - Aviation School
4F - 18,683 m² - Component MRO
3F - 6,945 m² - R & D Center
2F - 6,945 m² - Engineering Office
1F - 6,945 m² of Tool Rooms & 21,859 m² of aircraft hangar
Ground - 6,945 m² – Cafeteria/Equipment Rooms.
The hangar will have 45 large arc shaped doors. This will allow lodging in of aircraft with less effort. The doors open in any direction with circumferential rail system. Even narrow bodied aircrafts can be stationed between to large ones.
Maintenance people have to spend a large amount in ‘looking’ for parts with extra effort in identifying if it is the right part and if it is not than lot of time is spent in roaming around for finding the right part and also leads to formal requisition and purchase order! The tool room is full of people scrambling around with 1000s of tools being borrowed by mechanics, leading to almost 400 in-out transactions being handled by storekeepers per day. Avdome’s automatic tool rental machine will get rid of crowded rental room .It will be able to trace the tool as to where it is being used. Identifying the right tool will be easy. It will increase job efficiency and reduce man hours.
The supply system is complex with tens of thousands, of parts, pieces, suppliers and inventory stockpiles that lead to an annual expenditure of a typical company to 15% or more of total spend. With many decision-makers with different agendas who are often not in close communication with each other results in higher cost and service gaps. Avdome MRO has a solution for this with its new man-less supply system of consumable parts. It will be able to trace the material, keep a check on how much is used where and who uses it. It will save the material that was over-taken. It will prevent wrong use of material for e.g. use of low temperature grease to high temperature parts, It will also keep check of the work order.
To improve work environment and temperature sensitive products such as paints and adhesives a good heating system is a necessity. Instead of the conventional heating systems Avdome will use water source heat pump system that is 380% more efficient and environment friendly. It saves on cost of energy and also on equipment maintenance.
The closed water loop heat pump system is more energy conserving heating and cooling system for a building. The water loop is a transport system moving heat from where it is not wanted to where it is needed. It is economically more feasible as it saves up to 40% than the conventional air conditioning systems. The water loop reduces or eliminates the need for a separate heating source because it can recover the waste heat from the heat pumps to keep the loop’s source temperature within a target range. The heavy gauge construction of these heat pumps promotes longevity and quite operation.
Solar panels will cover 18,683 m² area and 10,121 m² space for sky light panels on the roof. It will not only be the world’s largest maintenance hangar facility but also environment friendly, doing some good to the earth by utilizing the solar energy. It will reduce the hangars operational costs by significantly reducing its energy use and maintenance costs.
Another achievement by Avdome is in the introduction of digital MRO with world class Korean IT technology. The binary CDMA wireless system allows real time video conferencing between the field, engineering office and airline engineering. Technicians can access the task, work orders and technical documents online on their PDA’s. This is new WPAN (wireless Personal Area Network) technology developed by Korea that combines advantages of CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access). Therefore it’s much stronger at static than WLAN, Bluetooth or Zigbee without jamming and also possible to put on high-speed transmission with low power like TDMA. Using ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) Band enables both transmission and reception of data, multimedia and voice in maximum 500m distance without a base station.Please contact me for more details on this article.