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blades, a process previously done by hand that was both time consuming and labor intensive. Using 3D data, the system adds material to the worn-down edge of the blade as necessary, then grinds it down to the precise measurement required. In the area of non-destructive testing, LHT has developed a thermographic device designed to spot and identify flaws in fiber-reinforced composites now being used increasingly on aircraft components. LHT is also becoming heavily involved in the conversion of airliners

into VIP aircraft, up to and including the 747-8. It is also capable of doing a VIP conversion on the A380, although it has not done one to date, Henningsen said. To perform the VIP conversion, LHT has developed a “Virtual Fitcheck” center, including a 12-sq. meter glass cube designated “The Cave,” or “Cave Automatic Virtual Environment.” Announced late last year, this is a virtual reality, 3D cabin where designers can custom designed floors, walls, furnishings and ducting to determine what does and what doesn’t work. The designers wear special glasses for the 3D effect. There are also three cameras within the CAVE that pick up the movement of the technicians through antennas incorporated in the hats worn by the technicians. This allows the technicians to move freely about the CAVE to lay out a virtual reality cabin interior. Oliver Thomaschewski, project manager, said that the data developed by the technicians automatically flows into production mode, “so that inaccuracies or errors can be avoided even before the elements of the cabin are build in the workshop.” The first completed cabin interior designed using Virtual Fitcheck is expected to be fitted into an aircraft within the next two years. Thomaschewski also said that in the long term, the technology developed for Fitcheck “could be used in other parts of Luthansa technik as well.” In listing the myriad projects being undertaken by LHT, Henningsen

Mukrasch Steps Down from LHT Board

Uwe Mukrasch, a member of the Lufthansa Technik Executive Board with responsibility for Human Resources and Information since January 2007, has asked the Lufthansa Technik Supervisory Board to release him from his contract early so he can pursue other career interests. “With the departure of Uwe Mukrasch we are losing an excellent manager who has made a valuable contribution to Lufthansa Technik during his 20 years with the company,” Stephan Gemkow, chairman of the Lufthansa Technik Supervisory Board says. “The Supervisory Board and theentire company would like to express their gratitude to him for that. As a member of the Executive Board and as labour director he has, in particular, successfully developed the Human Resources division while fostering a constructive dialogue with the Works Council and the trade unions, and has thus further increased the success of the Lufthansa Technik Group.” The Supervisory Board at Lufthansa Technik says it will announce a successor to Mukrasch shortly.

noted that they have developed a test program using electric motors for “economical and silent” taxiing of aircraft on the ground. The tests, using motors developed by L-3 and tested on a Lufthansa A320, were “very successful,” and LHT is now working with its partners on the program to develop a suitable prototype. He added, however, that while they are still pretty far away from serious production, the idea is now feasible.

– BY DOUGLAS NELMS Aviation Maintenance | | June / July 2012 7

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