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03 June 2015
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus innovation brings aircraft maintenance “indoors” on the airport apron

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Inflatable tent for engine maintenance 1 Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
02 June 2015

Inflatable tent for engine maintenance 1

Airbus’ inflatable tent solution for engine maintenance is available for use with each of the company’s long-range jetliner families: A330, A340, A350 XWB and A380

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02 June 2015

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Airbus developed its inflatable tent solution for engine maintenance – which is quick, practical and effective – in collaboration with Ireland’s J.B. Roche (MFG) Ltd.

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02 June 2015

Inflatable tent for engine maintenance 5

Airbus’ inflatable tent solution developed in collaboration with Ireland’s J.B. Roche (MFG) Ltd. allows engine maintenance in ideal, protected conditions anywhere in the world

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02 June 2015

Inflatable tent for engine maintenance 4

To reduce delays in unscheduled engine maintenance due to a lack of hangar space, Airbus introduced an innovative inflatable tent solution that allows a “hangar” to be brought to aircraft in need

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02 June 2015

Inflatable tent for engine maintenance 3

Airbus’ inflatable tent solution for engine maintenance is provided as an easy-to-install kit that includes the domed tent and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system

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02 June 2015

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The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is one component of Airbus’ innovative inflatable tent solution for engine maintenance, along with the domed tent

To reduce delays in unscheduled engine maintenance due to a lack of hangar space, Airbus has introduced an innovative solution that “flips the script” on conventional airport procedures – allowing a hangar to be brought to aircraft in need, rather than the other way around. 
The solution is an inflatable tent that enables engine maintenance in ideal, protected conditions – dry, temperate and comfortable – anywhere in the world, saving time and reducing associated costs. While such maintenance activity sometimes can be performed outdoors on the apron, customers based in regions with extreme climates often must wait until hangar space is available. Until now, that is.
Airbus spent three months working in collaboration with Ireland’s J.B. Roche (MFG) Ltd. to devise this quick, practical and effective solution, which has been validated and is now available for use with each of the company’s long-range jetliner families: A330, A340, A350 XWB and A380. It is provided as a kit that includes the inflatable domed tent, plus a system for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The tent is held in place by positioning ballast – such as water containers or sandbags – on specially-designed skirts, and can be pulled around an engine and above the corresponding pylon thanks to doors that open at the ends. In addition, this solution is fully compatible with Airbus’ dedicated electric hoist for removing and installing engines.
Representing another step forward, Airbus currently is investigating other shelter systems that could be used around an aircraft’s landing gear, the main fuselage and its doors in order to provide a similar level of comfort during maintenance activities.  

The January 2015 edition of FAST Magazine has additional information on Airbus’ inflatable tent solution for engine maintenance.
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