As the C-130 fleet continues to age, and because significant issues arise during this period of the life of an aging aircraft, it is essential that a vigilant and aggressive mechanical systems integrity management program is in place.

Updated analysis of Preventative Maintenance (PM) activities and critical item lists are essential to maintain Operational, Safety, Suitability, and Effectiveness (OSS&E). MERC engineers reviewed inspection processes to identify areas for improvement.

MERC also provided support services, such as RCM analysis and facilitated an online bulletin board/forum to aid the implementation of suggested process improvements. The goal is to improve aircraft reliability and maximize aircraft availability.

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