Aircraft maintenance aims to ensure the safety and quality of flights, as well as other means of transport, inspection and maintenance are essential for accident prevention, according to the National Civil Aviation Agency - ANAC.

According to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), an independent organization based in the Netherlands, which compiles all aviation accidents and incidents around the world, there were a total of 604 fatal accidents involving planes and helicopters worldwide in 2020, with a balance of 1,435 deaths. One of the reasons related to accidents was lack or poor maintenance aircraft periodicity.

Aviation safety is largely due to the work of technicians in aircraft maintenance, as they are the people trained for maintenance and for keeping it in proper working order, he says. Alvaro Javier Arcila Quintero, Aeronautical Technologist in Aircraft Line Maintenance, specializing in Composite Materials, Metallic Structures and Agroindustrial (with Colombian and American license).

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Aviation goes through many challenges of physics on a daily basis, and one of the most important tasks of the aircraft line technician, says Alvaro, is to ensure safe flights and a structure (wings, engines, fuselage and components in short) in excellent condition. . “Safety is the basis of aviation. Who would get on a plane knowing it wasn't properly maintained? Would you trust your life to an aircraft that looks neglected? Certainly, the answer to both questions is a resounding no, and it would make a lot of sense”, declares the aeronautical technologist.

Alvaro explains that aircraft line technicians, or aircraft mechanics, are, at all, those involved in air operations who know best and most about the aircraft and the components.

He advises that the professionals have the knowledge and operational capacity to carry out the proper maintenance, in the authorized airlines or in the aeronautical workshops, in addition to being responsible for the operational planning of air traffic and the technical documentation so that the aircraft can operate.

“It takes a lot of preparation, constant delivery of talent and a lot of professional ethics to face the immense responsibility with the safety of those who entrust their lives to our work, each time they fly. For us, every little detail has a high degree of importance”, says Quintero.

According to CENIPA, Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents, between 2006 and 2015, 1294 accidents were recorded, with an average of 130 accidents per year. However, the highest peak of accidents occurred in 2012 and the lowest peak in 2006, where it presents a small decrease in the last four years. The number of serious incidents was recorded, within the same period, 526 in total, an average of 53 per year, with a greater number of occurrences in 2012 and a smaller number in 2007.

In 2020, the ASN recorded a total of 3,540 safety incidents in all aviation sectors, including 08 accidents with commercial aircraft that left a total of 315 deaths.

This list includes everything from incidents considered of lower risk to fatal accidents with all types of aircraft, from ultralights, fighter jets and even balloons. Most of it was caused by the human factor and poor maintenance, so understanding and correcting them allows you to target preventive measures in an assertive way, contributing to greater safety.

According to the professional, the world of aviation is in continuous technological development, and the aircraft maintenance technologist has to keep himself prepared and updated, as the correct application of new technologies depends on skill, preparation and knowledge, so that passengers enjoy not only comfort, but, above all, security.

Among the main functions of the aircraft maintenance technologist, the specialist informs that they are: supervising the overhaul and maintenance of aircraft, acting in the planning and control management of aircraft and component maintenance services, defining maintenance activities, optimize tasks and control the execution deadlines of each work step.

It should also guide the technician in the execution of assembly and adjustment activities of aircraft components and ensure compliance with flight safety standards.

“Behind this immense responsibility are also some skills, technical and non-technical, that make us indispensable for the air operation. Basically, if you have an airplane, you must be sure that you have a good and reliable maintenance team”, concludes Alvaro Quintero, with experience in strategic diagnosis of aircraft, jet engines and turboprop aircraft.

Content via DINO | Web site: LinkedIn – Álvaro Javier Arcila Quintero

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