Tours

American Airline's AFW Maintenance Base at Alliance Airport
Imagine, if you would, an aircraft maintenance operation that can perform a Boeing 767 heavy airframe check (C check), conduct the test flight, and return the aircraft to service in 24 days. Imagine a maintenance facility with custom fit service docks complete with their own lighting system, shop air connections, and electrical connections. Imagine hangar accommodations that provide special aircraft maintenance support systems to include a central hydraulics system to test hydraulic components under simulated flight conditions, an Air Start System to simulate turbine engine air flow, a Jet A aircraft fueling/defueling system, and a 400 hertz aircraft power distribution system. Imagine aircraft fuselage, vertical stabilizer, and horizontal docks suspended from the hangar ceiling, providing clear work areas below the dock for other maintenance activities. Imagine floor pits that operate like elevators to allow removal of landing gear or to permit the raising and lowering of landing gear without jacking or shoring the aircraft. Imagine a complete collocated engine overhaul facility with the largest jet engine test cell in North America for testing Rolls Royce Engines to include the Trent 800 used to power the Boeing 777. Imagine manufacturing, component, and back shops also just a few steps away. This facility exists at American Airlines' AFW Maintenance Base in Fort Worth, Texas and this extraordinary throughput is achieved routinely.

This is your chance to compare and contrast your MRO operation against this commercial aircraft maintenance benchmark. It is an unbelievable opportunity to gain insight into: what metrics are used to drive maintenance performance, how commercial aircraft MRO trades off cost and schedule, how touch labor resources are managed and applied, what material support approaches make these capabilities most effective, how work scheduling is accomplished and what information systems are used, what the scheme is for providing secondary (repairable components), what periodicity of aircraft visits to the maintenance facility are optimal, how to determine if the scheduled maintenance cycle should be accomplished in discrete phases, and find out if having advance knowledge of the aircraft's condition before arrival is beneficial.

TOUR - November 17, 2011
FEE: $50 - Includes lunch
LIMITED TO - 50 Attendees

  • Proof of US citizenship
  • Photo ID
Time Frame: Depart Hotel 10:00 a.m./Return 2:00 p.m.
Bell Helicopter Repair and Overhaul Center in Fort Worth, Texas
Symposium attendees interested in the maintenance and support of rotorcraft weapons systems platforms will not want to miss the chance to tour the Bell Helicopter Repair and Overhaul Center. A Textron Company, Bell Helicopter is one of the world's premier providers of vertical lift aircraft in the commercial and military arenas. Registrants for this tour will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the day-to-day operations and hear about the various functions and touch points that keep these aircraft flying and ensure their mission readiness.

The Bell Helicopter Repair and Overhaul Center is a state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and overhaul facility poised to make repairs expeditiously, while maintaining the highest levels of quality and integrity. Capabilities of the Repair and Overhaul Center span the entire spectrum of components installed on Bell Helicopter's military aircraft platforms. These elements include composites, drive systems, rotors, avionics, instruments, electromechanical and hydraulics.

As part of Bell Helicopter's Customer Support and Services (CSS) group, the Repair and Overhaul Center is the military's primary focal point for the repair/overhaul of components by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Working closely with its customers' procurement/supply chain management, operations/planning and control, and manufacturing organizations, they also support strategic planning of military aircraft support functions.

Bell Helicopter's Customer Support and Service team provides its customers with one-stop for comprehensive support solutions from customizing, maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO), to spare parts and accessories, as well as product and technical support, technical publication services and electronic maintenance tracking to meet any government or commercial contract requirement.

TOUR - November 17, 2011
FEE: $50 - Includes lunch
LIMITED TO - 25 Attendees

  • Proof of US citizenship
  • Photo ID
Time Frame: Depart Hotel 10:00 a.m./Return 2:00 p.m.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Manufacturing Facility in Fort Worth, TX
If you have a passion for military fighter aircraft production and sustainment, this is your opportunity to experience a guided tour through a 5th Generation aircraft production facility where you will see how the F-35 Lightning II is manufactured, and also catch a glimpse of the state-of-the-art Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment Center in Fort Worth.

Once a World War II bomber plant, the mile-long Fort Worth facility is now devoted to the development and production of fighter aircraft. For more than 30 years, the Fort Worth Headquarters facility has produced the F-16 Fighting Falcon for 25 air forces around the world, and is now producing the F-16's successor, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the world's first multiservice, multi-mission stealth fighter. Today, this facility is known for its high-rate production capabilities and advanced technologies, as well as digital data flow and tools, high-precision machining, automation and robotics. Lockheed Martin's aircraft sustainment enterprise also provides a full range of logistics support, engineering, avionics upgrades, modifications and supply chain management for military aircraft, including the F-35, F-22, F-16, C-130, C-5, P-3 and U-2.

Visitors will begin the tour with a trip down Legacy Hall, for an opportunity to view Lockheed Martin's rich legacy of aircraft production over the past 100 years. As you enter the production area, you will experience: an overview briefing of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the exciting innovations in sustainment and logistics at the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment Center, as well as a guided tour of the F-35 aircraft Component Mate Stations and the Moving Assembly Line where you will see this advanced jet fighter in its final stages of assembly—just prior to rolling it out the factory for flight test.

The stealthy F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role, 5TH Generation fighter designed to replace aging AV-8B Harriers, A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, F/A-18 Hornets and United Kingdom Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers. The F-35 Program's mission is to develop and deploy a family of highly common and affordable strike fighter aircraft to meet the operational needs of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Navy (USN), U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), the United Kingdom, and other international participants. This family of strike fighter aircraft consists of three variants: Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL; F-35A), Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL; F-35B) and Aircraft Carrier Variant (CV; F-35C).

TOUR - November 17, 2011
FEE: $50 - Includes lunch
LIMITED TO - 50 Attendees

  • Proof of US citizenship
  • Photo ID
Time Frame: Depart Hotel 10:00 a.m./Return 3:00 p.m.
Peterbilt Motors Company Manufacturing Facility in Denton, TX
For those in the maintenance and sustainment of DoD wheeled tactical vehicles and ground vehicle weapons systems platforms, this is your opportunity to experience the mixed-model production line manufacturing processes of heavy and medium-duty truck maker Peterbilt Motors Company. A PACCAR company, Peterbilt builds a broad range of on-highway and vocational truck models recognized throughout the industry for their high quality and customer satisfaction.

Areas covered that will be of interest to tour attendees include: design for manufacturing capability; design for future maintainability and reliability; similarities of a production line and maintenance line - especially relative to having appropriate components, materials and labor available; and industrial engineering capabilities in-plant in-conjunction with the ongoing continuous process improvements that result in quality and customer satisfaction achievements.

Located in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt's manufacturing process has evolved along with its product line and features several advanced technologies including robotic paint and welding systems. Continuous engineering and product design improvements are evident in quality audits and customer satisfaction. The manufacturing plant plays a significant role in attracting new customers and retaining existing customers as dealers and customers are regularly encouraged to tour the plant to witness first-hand, trucks being built from start to finish.

DoD Maintenance Symposium delegates registering for this tour will also observe these elements along with the craftsmanship and technology present throughout the plant, which has a maximum capacity of 150 trucks manufactured per day. Tour participants will kick-off with a welcome, overview, and walk through the PACCAR Technology Display before seeing the manufacturing technologies highlighted on the plant tour, which will be covered in the sequence that the trucks are built. As this audience has a great interest in maintenance centric technologies and advancements, the on-board diagnostics and prognostics features of the trucks will be covered during the tour.

TOUR - November 17, 2011
FEE: $50 - Includes lunch
LIMITED TO - 50 Attendees

  • Proof of US citizenship
  • Photo ID
Time Frame: Depart Hotel 10:00 a.m./Return 1:00 p.m.