The most efficient way to perform airframe maintenance is nose-to-tail, with one aircraft after another of the same type moving smoothly through the heavy check lines. Hangars, tools and manpower are thus constantly employed. Labor works at tasks they are trained for and experienced at, for regular wages. Crucial turn-time commitments can be met with good planning and no unpleasant surprises. But even the best-laid plans must accommodate unpredicted drop-in work. This can include ...

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