E-2D Hawkeye maintenance under way at FRCSW
The Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) is carrying out maintenance activities on the US Navy’s new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, FRCSW announced on 24 April.
FRCSW inducted its first E-2D in August 2018 and a second aircraft in November. The centre performs two levels of scheduled maintenance on the aircraft: a light periodic maintenance interval one (PMI-1) which is done at FRCSW Site Pt Mugu and FRC Mid-Atlantic; and PMI-2, a heavy maintenance, at Naval Air Station, North Island.
PMI-1 includes maintenance of the aircraft’s tail. PMI-2 includes the removal of the aircraft’s wings, engines, landing gear and tail. The aircraft’s corrosion preventive paint is removed and an in-depth metal assessment is performed targeting cracks, corrosion, exfoliation and other surface anomalies.
PMI is based on a 96-month cycle: PMI-1 completed every 48 months, followed by PMI-2 48 months later.
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