Global Head of Sales Function
Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services
London, United Kingdom
The landing gear is the only aircraft system without built-in redundancy – you need to rely 100 percent on its proper function. Our experience from millions of take-offs and landings has gone into a unique service portfolio. A very precise industrialized overhaul process, based on extensive in-house capabilities, is the substantial lever that keeps our customers' vital undercarriages on a solid footing.
Our services range from single overhauls, mobile on-demand and ad hoc repairs to entire lifecycle care with a Total Landing Gear Support (TLS®) contract. Being far more capable than the average landing gear shop, we develop proprietary alternative repair methods, provide a highly flexible spares support and use other efficiency-enhancing measures. With our industry-leading landing gear services in America, Europe and Asia we are always just a short leg away from your landing gear MRO demands.
A landing gear unit combines a multitude of parts. Its maintenance therefore requires a process chain with an outstanding degree of coordination. We have designed flow-principled workshops and provide vast in-house capabilities with state-of-the-art equipment at our landing gear overhaul facilities.
During overhaul, the landing gear proceeds through a sequence of predetermined stages, from disassembly to stripping, damage assessment, electroplating and beyond. The disassembly of a landing gear unit sometimes brings surprises to light. Corrosion, for example, can call for very extensive repair work. To minimize episodes like this, we work closely with our line maintenance teams to optimize washing and lubrication protocols, resulting in measurable cost savings and reduced scrap rates.
Additionally, we conduct basic research jointly with universities to be ready for new materials, manufacturing methods and repair processes as soon as they are implemented.
have to be cleaned, repaired and overhauled for the landing gear overhaul of an A320
Documentation plays a crucial role in landing gear maintenance, repair and overhaul. The high documentation requirements are driven by aviation law as well as commercial reasons. Our accurate documentation adds value to every landing gear by supplying a transparent history regarding the remaining life and airworthiness. This is important for operators as well as leasing companies and dealers. Moreover, as many parts in aircraft systems are life-limited, full traceability becomes a legal requirement. We assist our customers in obtaining missing documents to get the necessary complete back-to-birth documentation.
We want to ensure that our customers are never grounded. To avoid unnecessary exchanges and to assist in AOG situations, our mobile Airline Support Teams (AST® Landing Gear) – experienced mechanics, engineers, material suppliers and inspectors – are working worldwide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our experience shows that operators often replace undercarriages that would have been good for many more cycles. Our field technicians offer highly-qualified services for landing gear repairs, such as seal changes and non-destructive testing inspections – everything on site!
To avoid ground time for repairing or overhauling landing gear, a set going into overhaul is immediately replaced by a spare set. We maintain a substantial pool of spare landing gears for both planned overhauls and non-routine exchanges. We offer a range of customized solutions to transport the landing gear to your location. Our proprietary landing gear type, specific metal crates, transport a complete shipset and offer two distinct advantages: cost reduction because of minimum space requirements on airfreight and a safer shipment. We can deliver a shipset, a strut or spares whenever and wherever needed.
Our PARTS service includes a broad range of repair options for single landing gear components. Our service ranges from non-destructive testing (NDT) to repair, maintenance and fabrication. Long service life, low scrap rates and low repair costs for each component are our goals.