Our customers usually do not ask for "CAMO" but for a solution for their problem. Their problem is no problem for us – here are three examples:
Case 1: Regional challenge
An aircraft operated by a Japanese low-cost airline had reached the end of its leasing period. The plane had to be transferred to the EASA region. In Japan, numerous local regulations apply which constitute a challenge for any transition. For example, the aircraft documentation is available only in Japanese, constituting a language barrier. Furthermore, a mandatory rule is that the serial number of the aircraft must be engraved into a fuselage frame near the cargo compartment door. Under EASA regulations, this rates as a damage to the airframe. While an Export Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) can only be applied for if the aircraft is located in Japan and conforms to local regulations, the leasing contract required the aircraft to be EASA-compliant.
We proposed assigning the aircraft a temporary German tail sign. After approval we were able to coordinate the subsequent transition process with the lessor and we assumed complete responsibility for the airplane's airworthiness as CAMO. A simple repair was developed, approved and performed on the damaged frame, made possible by our additional Part 21J repair capability. After the necessary paperwork was compiled and the aircraft was flown into European airspace by us, it was adapted to EASA airworthiness regulations. An import into EU was performed based on an Airworthiness Review by Lufthansa Technik CAMO staff and the aircraft has finally been registered under EU member-state jurisdiction.
Case 2: Freighter conversion - flight test support included
A company specializing in freighter conversions launched the modification of a new aircraft type to expand its portfolio. Their challenge was to find aircraft suitable for conversion on the market and ferry them to their maintenance facilities, and eventually deliver an EASA-registered aircraft to the next operator. Our CAMO team was ready to step up. We inspected suitable aircraft for conversion and checked the records in detail up to technical acceptance. Spare engines and landing gear assemblies, fitting the aircraft in question, were evaluated. The candidate aircraft received a temporary German register and Lufthansa Technik assumed CAMO responsibility. We developed a maintenance program, compiled the D-check maintenance package, monitored the conversion and the heavy maintenance event.
After the conversion, we supported the test flight phase by integrating numerous flight tests into a coordinated test flight program and accompanying the actual test flights, effectively reducing a four-week campaign to three flights total.
The airworthiness review, performed by our CAMO staff, successfully concluded the project and an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) was issued, thus delivering a perfectly prepared aircraft to our customer.
Case 3: CAMO the VIP way – worry-free flying all year round
A customer with a narrowody and a widebody VIP aircraft commissioned us to perform the CAMO tasks (Part M) for his jets. Even though the aircraft are registered in the Caribbean, this is not a problem for us because we have an approval from the authorities.
Our VIP CAMO specialists are drawing up and revising the maintenance program for the aircraft, which are in the air approximately 700 hours a year. We ensure the necessary approvals from the authorities and set up the appropriate deadline monitoring as part of our meticulous planning process. In the event of heavy maintenance layovers, we are working closely with our customer to put together the highly customized work package – be it routine work, modifications, component changes or a new paint job – and commission the desired maintenance operation. We monitor and document the work and release the commissioned work – if necessary after a test flight defined by CAMO. Last not least, we also ensure that future airspace equipment requirements are implemented on time. CAMO thus eliminates any concerns of the aircraft owner about the airworthiness of his aircraft – so he can fly worry-free all year round.