Grounding Aircraft Can Be Costly

Grounding Boeing 737-700’s Can Be Costly

It doesn’t matter whether it’s the FAA or an airline voluntarily grounding an aircraft the end result of grounding an aircraft can be extremely costly.   The Downtime lost potential revenue translates into more cost for passengers and extreme losses for the airlines.  Consistently following maintenance schedules is paramount.  Here’s what happens if you don’t.

Southwest Airlines has temporarily grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft, like the one nearest the camera, for inspections.

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Southwest Airlines has temporarily grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft, like the one nearest the camera, for inspections.

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UPDATED, 12:30 a.m. Wednesday: Southwest Airlines confirmed Tuesday evening that it voluntarily grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft that day after it discovered that the airplanes had not received required inspections. That represents nearly 20 percent of its fleet of 665 airplanes as of Dec. 31, 2014.

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Southwest informed FAA around 5 p.m. of the problem. Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said the carrier canceled about 80 Tuesday flights as a result. The FAA approved the airline’s plan to do the needed inspections over a five-day period, she said.

The FAA confirmed that it had approved the plan.

Here’s a revised statement from King:

Southwest Airlines discovered an overdue maintenance check required to be performed on the standby hydraulic system, which serves as a back-up to the primary hydraulic systems. As a result of this discovery, 128 -700 aircraft were identified as having overflown a required check.

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Bob Bartol has spent his whole life working with electronics in almost every capacity and spent many hours in Physics classes. He currently holds 4 U.S. patents and has been making a living off one of the patents "The Bartol Mag-Probe" for over twenty years. Bartol Research's Mag-Probe now has a global reach and is dramatically reducing trouble shooting downtime anywhere a solenoid valve. relay, or contactor is used. F111 Air Force Projects - European Flight Competition January 1968 Bob attended electronics school in the Air Force. Upon graduation he was assigned to a fighter wing in Germany. During his assignment he prepared seven aircraft for European competition. The fighter wings aircraft won the competition. Bob then returned to the United States and taught advanced radar for two years. Two years later, he returned to Europe. During this assignment, Air Force headquarters Europe selected Bob to open a Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory (P.M.E.L) in England. It was the first of its kind in the Air Force. Upon his return to the United States, Air Force headquarters assigned Bob to Air Force research command in Florida. This was strictly a scientific assignment for research and development. After three years he moved from Eglin AFB in Florida to Edwards Air Force Base in California where he had direct contact with the National Bureau of Standards and supported research and development aircraft. During this assignment, he designed a modification for the TF X fighter (F-111). This modification made possible an additional 9800 flying hours per year. The F111 was the first swing wing aircraft in history. General Dynamics completed the modification prior to acceptance by the U.S. Air Force. Modification of F111 Aircraft General Dynamics March 1963 As a result of increasing this flying time Bob Received an award from Edwards Air Force Base for Increasing flying time of the F111 by 9,800 hours per year. The Award was Presented by Colonel Grumbles to TSGT Bob Bartol on June 17, 1963

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