The Aircraft Groupís TAG Fleet Online system offers an immediate solution for the management of Critical Influencing Parts and DER repairs for GE and CFMI manufactured engines. Building on its existing GE TRUEngine program contract, TAG Fleet Online, the preeminent aircraft and engine portfolio management product, is now able to automate the identification of unknown PMA parts and DER engine repairs, streamlining the labor-intensive process and automating ongoing engine records management. Recently, GE emphasized the significance of Critical Influencing Parts on GE/CFMI products announcing that the company cannot support, evaluate, or maintain parts that were not manufactured by GE. Verification of critical engine part history is now required placing a tremendous administrative burden on the aviation industry. The Aircraft Group, as a veteran in the aviation industry and specialists in aircraft portfolio management, has an immediate solution with its TAG Fleet Online product.
As a web-based solution, TAG Fleet Online can identify, track, and report an entire historical trail on engine repairs and parts in a matter of minutes, anywhere in the world. ďThe Aircraft Group has been specializing in aircraft portfolio management for more than 20 years. Providing immediate access to engine parts data is part of our core business so offering more in-depth information instantaneously is a natural progression,Ē says Walter Andrushenko, president of The Aircraft Group. ďWe have seen the entire industry moving in this direction and have been preparing for it for some time.Ē The Aircraft Group sees GEís request for engine verification extending to other manufacturers in the near future.
As the complexity of propulsion manufacturing has increased, reliability on all parts, LLPs and Critical Influencing Parts, has become more critical. According to GE, the impact of PMA parts and DER repairs may inadvertently cause premature failure in some Life-Limited Parts (LLP). Recognizing this, GE is the first to implement the need to verify and track all Critical Influencing Parts that are, and have been, associated with an LLP during its period of use.
GE has established a comprehensive database identifying the LLPs along with hundreds of critical parts associated with them. Although this database is meant to assist in engine verification, reviewing historical engine repairs and tracking LLPs and all associated Critical Influencing Parts is a monumental task. Just tracing one LLP for an example, a T1 disk, results in 285 associated Critical Parts and that is with a single shop visit. If that extends to additional shop visits and 20 or more LLPs, the task increases exponentially. Standard solutions to complete this task would take weeks or more to complete. With TAG Fleet Online, the project can be completed in a few hours or less per engine.
TAG Fleet Online is able to provide detailed documentation and records management of engine repairs throughout its lifecycle, as well as each of the LLPs and associated Critical parts. Currently, The Aircraft Group is identifying PMA/DER parts and repairs through GEís TRUEngine program contract. The Aircraft Group is now expanding on this process to filter those findings to match Critical Influencing Parts to their respective LLPs. The Companyís goal is to allow for automated searches that will match any PMA findings to a specific part within an engine followed by ALL previous shop visits creating a complete historical trail for the engine and its integral parts. With TAG Fleet Online a manual task that would take weeks can be done in a matter of hours with more accuracy and ongoing efficiencies.
The Aircraft Group
With more than 20 years in business, The Aircraft Group (theaircraftgroup.aero) has revolutionized aircraft/engine portfolio management with its patented product TAG Fleet Online, the only Internet-based aircraft portfolio management system of its kind. Headquartered in Phoenix, The Aircraft Group manages global projects specializing in asset and technical management for the aviation trading community. To date, the Aircraft Group has assisted more than 80 airlines, 65 financial institutions in 35 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.