Reorganizing an Off-Track Certification Program Results in Over $20B in Revenue

Reorganizing an Off-Track Certification Program Results in Over $20B in Revenue

Situation at Hand

The client, a leading commercial aircraft OEM, had a flight certification program that was almost a year behind schedule. If the client was not able to finish the certification program, they would not be able to deliver the aircraft.


Problem to Solve

The client needed to re-establish a new, realistic schedule and qualify the aircraft’s exterior lights to ensure they would pass certification. They also needed assistance completing the vibration and environmental testing. In order to ensure the exterior lights passed testing, the client required a qualified technical lead to oversee the lighting design manufacturer. In addition, the client lacked an expert who was experienced in both the environmental and vibration testing of an aircraft’s exterior lights.


Approach and Solution

First, an aggressive schedule for testing was established and qualified test engineers were trained. Meanwhile, a close collaboration was organized between the client and the lighting manufacturer to coordinate the design and testing of the aircraft’s exterior lights. Then, vibration, environmental (MIL-810C), and lighting test programs were re-established based on the white paper’s of another manufacturing company and past experience.


Results

$20+ Billion in revenue…from delivery of all aircraft

Only required 3 redesigns…before successfully passing testing and qualification

Achieved FAA certification in 18 months

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