In simple terms, Aerofleet Coatings Management is a proactive monitoring and predictive maintenance service designed to help airlines and other large operators to tailor and optimize the coatings’ replacement and maintenance schedule for individual aircraft within their fleet.
External coatings have evolved rapidly in the last decade from single stage to basecoat/clearcoat systems, extending the need to repaint some aircraft for up to ten years or even more. Despite this, aircraft still tend to be taken out of service for maintenance every six or seven years without really knowing if a repaint is needed.
Aerofleet Coatings Management addresses this issue by capturing the data from both manual inspections and drone-operated inspections, creating a database of every aircraft in a fleet. The history includes details of the coatings used (e.g. single or basecoat/clearcoat coatings) along with flight path data (e.g. weather conditions etc.) which affect the integrity/longevity of the coating applied.
By analyzing this information, and mapping it over time, a more accurate maintenance and repaint schedule can be calculated using quantitative data. It becomes easier and more accurate to determine when an aircraft needs to be repainted, rather than simply using time or flight hours. And it means schedules can be created that balance the practical performance of a coating and where the aircraft in a fleet are being operated (i.e. the different flight paths, distances, heights, environment etc.) against the aesthetic/marketing (i.e. branding) and business needs of the airline.