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ROLLING STOCK


Planes, trains and fleet reliability


Engineers and fleet directors from the train operators spent a day at Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s hangar at Manchester Airport as part of ATOC’s ReFocus fleet reliability group.


RTM’s Adam Hewitt, who attended the event, hears from ReFocus’s chair Stuart Draper (engineering director at Northern Rail) and its performance engineer Derek Jackson; Mick Connor of BMT Reliability Consultants; and John- Paul Williams of Monarch Aircraft Engineering.


In


RTM’s September/October 2012 edition, we covered ATOC ReFocus’s trip to


Welsh Water, as part of its broader programme of visits to explore best practice in other industries and how it can be applied to rolling stock engineering and maintenance. In July, another such visit took place, with a number of fleet, depot, performance and reliability engineers and technicians from the train operators spending the day at Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s facility at Manchester Airport.


The group heard from John-Paul Williams, general manager, Maintenance and Operations (North), at the company, and other staff, and got a tour of the hangar.


Engineering and maintenance in the aviation industry


After a rundown of the airline’s structure and the way its engineering arm is set up and where it is based geographically, Williams talked the


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railway visitors through some of the basics of aviation maintenance and its heavily seasonal nature. November-May tends to be a period of heavy maintenance, except for the cargo lines, while during the summer the airlines want the aircraft in the air as much of the time as possible.


“Monday night to Thursday night is the only time to do maintenance through the summer,” Williams said.


The engineering company has to stand on its own and make a profit, so it goes out to seek new customers.


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