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    S.Nadeem Ahmed
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    Dear colleagues
    Can we consider aviation mandatory aircraft inspections as non value added activity .

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    #168426

    Six Sigma Shooter
    Member

    As a private pilot, I consider them extremely value added.  As a customer of commercial airlines, I am always very happy to pay for the pilots and maintenance crews to perform their inspections.  When one considers the criticality of aircraft inspections to safety, I believe they add value.
    Shooter

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    #168433

    Gastala
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    I was taught that “inspections are not value add”.  However, on reflection I believe that inspections to check work has been done right must be different from inspections to accurately assess what work needs doing (which is my assumption about aviation inspections.)

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    #168435

    HF Chris
    Participant

    Yes inspection can be categorized as non-valued per the value stream (especially in manufacturing) unless your business is inspection. If you bring in a jet to a depot facility as a customer you are expecting inspection, repair, replacement…so repair and replacement when not required would be detrimental TO THIS BUSINESS. People get hung up on the stigma of the word “value” and forget what it is meant to measure.HF Chris

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    #168445

    Brandon
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    That’s not quite true Glen. There are many avaition inspections. In general aviation an aircraft must be inspected at 100 hours (on the runtime meter) for those “for hire”, at 50 hours.
    It is an arbitary time that has been the same for 40 yrs or more. No data to support it. MTBF for the hundreds of parts could be established and inspection times changed. However, since failure CAN be castrophic, we keep looking at them at these established times…lot of non-value add here…unless its your aircraft that fails. Then you lobby for more frequent inspections!!

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    #168468

    S.Nadeem Ahmed
    Member

    Dear All
    What inspections are doing in aviation is just ensuring check of the work accomlished and thus contrbuting to enhanced safety . Can we take safety enhancement as value addition .
    For example if an inspection is performed before flight . There is an equal possibility of failure of similar inspection category .
    Nadeem

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    #168485

    HF Chris
    Participant

    1. You do know that there are three useful categories in this process? Valued, non-valued, and required non-valued. 2. You still have not mentioned the nature of your business? Manufacturing, Depot, FBO…3. Inspectors inspect engine bays prior to installing an engine,so that’s inspection during the work not after.4. Inspectors are part of functional tests and flights…so are your mechanics…so are they now non-valued, valued, or required non-valued?5. Is the first inspection required by FAA regulations…what about the time to re-fly and recheck a repeat write-up.Point is you have so many opportunities to identify and understand and you need to be able to answer these questions and more before you waste anymore time asking the same question over and over. Just assign the inspectors’ and mechanic’s time by what function they are performing and go from there. What does the customer expect from you as a service….don’t confuse depot and FBO with manufacturing.Hope this helps,HF Chris

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