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picture News March, 2 2021
image: Creating the fundamentals for safe and smooth flights Creating the fundamentals for safe and smooth flights - Every aircraft is due for maintenance at certain intervals, said Lars-Olof Bolinder, Managing Director and CEO at Air Maintenance Estonia, as SCCE made a study visit to the company at Tallinn Airport, Thursday, March 10th. These intervals are pending on the hours flown, cycles produced (one flight is one cycle) and calendar time passed for certain components. It is consequently a bit less complicated with our cars, where the service concept is based on kilometers driven.

- To make it work in a practical way, we differ between line and base maintenance when it comes to aircraft, continued Lars-Olof Bolinder. This particular Boeing 737-800 from Austrian Airlines is here for base maintenance works. It's a major job and pending the extent of the works a check like this requires that the aircraft is out of traffic for a week or two, sometimes up to 30 days.

- Contrary to base maintenance, line maintenance doesn't require that the aircraft is out of traffic. These checks are typically done during night stops and currently we offer line maintenance services at the airports in Tallinn, and Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania. Being a MRO, a Maintenance and Repair Organization as we call it in the trade, we also make component maintenance on wheels, brakes and other components, as well as component and consignment support services.

- Skilled and professional labor is for obvious reasons a must in our industry. It is not only our company that needs to be certified for the jobs performed. We need to have licensed staff as well, and to promote the supply of the expertise we need, we have a very good cooperation with the Estonian Aviation Academy in Tartu. And, from time to time, we also receive trainees from Hässlögymnasiet, the Aviation College of Sweden in Västerås, told Lars-Olof Bolinder.

It became very clear to the SCCE group that it is indeed the expertise on ground who keeps the planes in the air, and Air Maintenance Estonia will also be introduced in an article in the coming March issue of focus.

On behalf of the SCCE group and the SCCE Council, I would like to thank Lars-Olof Bolinder and his team at Air Maintenance Estonia for a very interesting study visit.


Kristiina Sikk
SCCE Ombudsman


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