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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering

ISSN: 1355-2511

Online from: 1995

Subject Area: Managing Quality

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Designing for MFOP: towards the autonomous aircraft

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Title:Designing for MFOP: towards the autonomous aircraft
Author(s):Paul F. Cini, (British Aerospace Airbus, Filton, Bristol, UK), Paul Griffith, (British Aerospace Airbus, Filton, Bristol, UK)
Citation:Paul F. Cini, Paul Griffith, (1999) "Designing for MFOP: towards the autonomous aircraft", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 5 Iss: 4, pp.296 - 308
Keywords:Air force, Aircraft industry, Maintenance
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/13552519910298055 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:BAe Airbus has studied the application of the maintenance free operating period (MFOP) concept to Airbus aircraft in order to meet a growing demand for autonomous operation. This concept can apply to both civil and military aircraft and, most recently, has resulted in Airbus Military Company including the MFOP as part of its formal proposal for a new military transport aircraft. The paper concludes that it is difficult to predict the progress in further improving the levels of MFOP achievement, but that the final solution is likely to be a “pick and mix” of techniques, technologies and disciplines integrated under a “supportability” banner.

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