Lieutenant Commander Hannah West is a Requirements Manager in the Air Platform Systems Project Team in the Royal Navy. Hannah has been responsible for managing a maintenance department, supporting the flying operations of three helicopters. Her role involved coordinating the medium/long-term planning of helicopter maintenance. In particular, when a fault emerged on a helicopter that was outside the remit of the maintenance manuals, it would be her responsibility to determine a safe way to proceed and ultimately decide if the aircraft was safe to fly.
This challenge explores the wear and tear on the airframes of Royal Navy aircraft. Students will organise and interpret data on how crack lengths correlate with flying time and use a line of best fit to predict when parts are likely to need to be repaired or replaced.