Nov 27 - 30th, 2023 Gaylord Rockies, CO
The A-10 underwent a significant transformation in its Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) following a Red Team Investigation in 2002. One of the conclusions of this investigation was that the A-10 ASIP was “broken.” This was due to several culminating factors to include: decreasing program support related to planned retirement beginning in the early 1990s, loss of personnel and data during base realignment, and an outdated and disregarded Force Structural Maintenance Plan (FSMP).
Corrosion is one of the most elusive to understand problems facing the aircraft world. The cost of prevention and maintenance reaches into the billions each year. As one of the leaders in using digital twins to manage the fleet, the A-10 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) has been developing the ability to capture data specific to corrosion during scheduled inspections.