Guest Post: Laser Trackers Help Reduce AOG (Aircraft On Ground) Time Due to Bird Strikes

by Hubert Meagher on February 24, 2017 From Ask The Experts

There are numerous factors that can cause damage to aircraft including rough landings, hail storms, turbulence and more. An especially significant threat to aircraft, are bird strikes. A bird strike or BASH (Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard) involves a collision between an aircraft and an airborne animal – typically a bird or a bat. Bird strikes can cause a great deal of damage – the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that bird strikes cost approximately $400 million annually in the U.S. alone. The point of impact for bird strikes are typically any forward-facing edge or component such as the nose cone, engines, wing leading edges or pitot tubes. In this post, we focus specifically on pitot tube damage and replacement, and how using a laser tracker, a metrology engineer can very quickly provide the geometric data needed for the installation of a new pitot tube. 

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Hubert Meagher

Hubert Meagher, B. Eng, spent years in the field as an Alignment Engineer specializing in precision measurement prior to his role as Director of Metrology Services at OASIS Alignment Services (OASIS). He is an expert in using both optical tooling and portable metrology tools in manufacturing facilities. Mr. Meagher was instrumental in researching and developing the 3-Dimensional Metrology Services segment of OASIS and has been heavily involved with testing the use of laser trackers, coordinate measuring arms and laser scanners in industrial environments.