En­gi­neer­ing first for Air Ni­ug­ini

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Air Ni­ug­ini’s Fokker 70 jet air­craft, P2 ANR, is back in oper­a­tion fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the in-house C check, or heavy main­te­nance check, at the air­line’s en­gi­neer­ing hangar in Port Moresby.

P2 ANR is the first Fokker 70 to have had a C check done in-house.

Air Ni­ug­ini’s newly ap­pointed man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Alan Milne, ac­knowl­edged the en­gi­neer­ing team and all staff in­volved for an ex­cel­lent job, saving the air­line mil­lions of kina.

“Air Ni­ug­ini saves PGK2.5 mil­lion each time a C check is car­ried out in-house – that’s a huge saving and a re­mark­able achieve­ment,” he said. “We ac­knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port from all staff in­volved in the project and look for­ward to sim­i­lar out­comes for other air­craft be­ing worked on at the mo­ment.”

Milne – who worked for Qan­tas in Aus­tralia for many years, start­ing as an ap­pren­tice air­craft main­te­nance en­gi­neer – said such an achieve­ment demon­strates how much avi­a­tion has grown in Pa­pua New Guinea, adding that the team de­liv­ered a re­mark­able project just in time for the air­line’s 45th an­niver­sary.

“I could not be more ex­cited to be join­ing this great or­gan­i­sa­tion. As a for­mer en­gi­neer, I know the pride I took in help­ing to build and grow the na­tional air­line and it has been won­der­ful to see the same pride in the eyes of the Air Ni­ug­ini team.”

Pre­vi­ously, air­craft had to be sent over­seas for such main­te­nance, a costly ex­er­cise for Air Ni­ug­ini.

Air Ni­ug­ini’s en­gi­neer in charge of heavy main­te­nance, Richard Wool­cock, said great team work en­sured a great out­come for the air­line.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the trust and con­fi­dence that has been placed in us by Air Ni­ug­ini to get the C checks done on shore. All staff in­volved in the project, from the team on the hangar floor, to the staff in the side shops and the stores per­son­nel, and even the ad­min staff, have pulled to­gether.”

C checks are the most thor­ough main­te­nance checks that can be car­ried out on an air­craft. Ba­si­cally, en­gi­neers take off ev­ery part fit­ted to the air­craft, and in­spect the parts and the air­craft for dam­age, wear, and cor­ro­sion. Where nec­es­sary, re­pairs are done or parts are re­placed.

“In fu­ture, Air Ni­ug­ini may con­sider do­ing C checks for other PNG-based air­lines or other op­er­a­tors in the re­gion. It would be great for Air Ni­ug­ini and even bet­ter for Pa­pua New Guinea,” Milne said. ■

Check­list com­pleted … Air Ni­ug­ini man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Alan Milne (cen­tre) with mem­bers of the air­line’s en­gi­neer­ing team re­spon­si­ble for the heavy main­te­nance check on P2 ANR.

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