An Article, the Architect’s Summary and the AA press Release
Over 1,400 words, SAFETY mentioned twice
Thoughts on what should be mentioned!
Big announcement was issued on the completion of American’s Hangar 2 at O’Hare (including that it makes room for a new runway). The basic article, a summary of the design work and the AA press release combine for ~1,400 words. “SAFETY” is mentioned twice.
Below the quoted sections of the three articles are some considerations which likely were and/or should have been included.
“Architecture and engineering firm Ghafari Associates has completed American Airlines’ Hangar 2 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The new structure, recognized as the longest clear span, dual threshold airline hangar in the world, was unveiled at a grand opening celebration on January 25.
“We were pleased to witness the opening of this state-of-the-art maintenance and engineering center,” said Ted Oberlies, Senior Vice President of Ghafari’s Aviation Practice.
Ghafari provided architecture and engineering services for the development of the 194,000 SF dual-entry facility, which can accommodate all aircraft variants in American’s fleet, including narrow-body and wide-body types. The facility also houses ancillary support functions, including a general back shop, a component staging area, and storage spaces.
Unique to the hangar is dual access entry, allowing aircraft to enter and exit from either side of the long dimension. Coupled with a larger capacity for aircraft hardstand positions, this feature offers greater flexibility in servicing American’s extensive fleet of aircraft. The facility is also designed with over 20,000 linear feet of underground utilities, providing point-of-use aircraft services for SAFER, more effective, and timesaving operations. Additional key features of the design include the use of LED lighting and daylight harvesting, which will reduce energy costs while meeting the Sustainable Airport Manual requirements.
The new structure will improve and consolidate both line and base maintenance operations at the busy hub, allowing American to continue servicing one of the largest and fastest-growing aircraft fleets in the world. American’s Hangar 2 sets a new standard for efficiency and flexibility for maintaining the next generation of commercial aircraft.” ⇐⇐
⇒⇒UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGE
To support the modernization program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, American Airlines is pursuing the development of a new double wide-body aircraft maintenance hangar. The structure will improve and consolidate both line and base maintenance operations at one of their busiest hubs, allowing them to continue servicing one of the largest and fastest-growing aircraft fleets in the world. We worked closely with American stakeholders to understand their operating requirements and conceive a highly efficient facility that accommodates a variety of aircraft.
TAILORING THE SOLUTION
Our planning team developed a dual-entry, flexible hangar concept for the 194,000 SF facility, which maximizes the allowable aircraft parking positions while minimizing the total gross area of the building. Our solution houses all aircraft variants in American’s fleet, including narrow-body and wide-body types. The facility will also house ancillary support functions, including a general back shop, a component staging area, and storage spaces.
Our design carefully considers the airport’s infrastructure, outfitting the new facility to take advantage of existing utilities. We also utilized daylight harvesting to reduce overhead lighting and diminish energy costs.⇐⇐
Gary Percy, Crew Chief at ORD
CHICAGO — American Airlines celebrated the opening of a new hangar at its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) today…a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new hangar to be used by American’s aviation maintenance technicians. The new facility, dubbed Hangar 2, is the largest hangar on the airfield at ORD
“Our team of highly skilled aviation maintenance technicians works behind the scenes day and night to ensure that our aircraft are SAFE for our customers and team members,”
The 191,000-square-foot structure, which is replacing a smaller hangar on the airfield, has increased bay capacity. The hangar is able to accommodate six narrowbody aircraft or two narrowbody aircraft and two widebody aircraft, including the Boeing 787, on which American operates international flights at ORD. The expanded space has allowed for more overnight workload capacity in the past month that it’s been open. Its high-tech features and updated workcenters provide more than 850 ORD maintenance team members with the most current tools to maintain the airline’s state-of-the-art aircraft.” ⇐⇐
⇒⇒SOME SAFETY COMMENTS
The design process may well have included critical considerations,
safety and its pronounced, increased reliance on data,
the quality of the AMTs workplace (reduced risk, ease of access to the data input and design for tools/equipment),
the fleet’s reliability
the airworthiness of the equipment,
but the announcements did not mention them.Under SMS principles, it would be expected that the designers would have consulted with the line maintenance personnel, inspectors, supervisors, quality control staff, inventory control team and managers. Their perspectives would have greatly added to the workplace.
A simple thing like an AMT’s access to make an entry into the MX logbooks would enhance efficiency as well as increase the accuracy and timeliness of their notation. More real time recordation of such data would add to the efficiency- timing of the next tasks, scheduling of the aircraft release, notification to required inspectors to review the work.
Repairs to the hull and the inner workings of the massive turbines put the line maintenance workers in add positions. Their input as to the scaffolding that puts them into position to do the work. A more stable, secure and comfortable station would likely add to the quality of their work.
American is known for its adherence to SMS and its Safety Culture; so, it is likely that these points were included in Hangar 2. Mentioning the attention to details which contribute to the hangar’s safety would be great PR, would reinforce the workforce’s confidence in management’s support for their assignment and probably would be of great interest to the traveling public.
Safety is good news.
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