LONDON—Design has a huge influence on the through-life costs of aircraft and their components, not only in terms of performance but also improved reliability and reduced maintenance costs. A former aircraft engineer, David Hill, head of maintenance programs engineering for Airbus in the U.K., heads a specialist team at Filton that develops maintenance tasks for the wings, landing gear and fuel systems of Airbus aircraft. “Our role in maintenance engineering is to be the customer’s ...

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