Program Authorization: R.S. 39:360(c)
The mission of the Flight Maintenance Program is to oversee the overall maintenance and care of state-owned airplanes and helicopters operated by the state.
The goal of the Flight Maintenance Program is to have no aircraft accidents caused by equipment malfunction stemming from inadequate or faulty maintenance.
The Flight Maintenance Program ensures flight safety, maintains high safety standards while minimizing aircraft downtime for repairs, and provides high quality, efficient, and economical repair and fueling services for state-operated aircraft.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Flight Maintenance Program will experience no aircraft accidents caused by equipment malfunctions stemming from inadequate or faulty maintenance.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Flight Maintenance Program will perform mandatory 100-hour inspections on all aircraft in its facility.
1 One hundred-hour inspections are mandatory, complete and detailed inspections of aircraft that have logged 100 hours of flight time. Aircraft are also subject to less detailed 50-hour inspections as well as annual inspections.
2 The Flight Maintenance Program is responsible for 21 aircraft (of which are 18 are state-owned and 3 are owned by governmental entities other than the state) at its facility in Baton Rouge.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Flight Maintenance Program will convert airworthiness directive records to computer profiles as aircraft are converted.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded from self-generated revenue derived from federal, state and local government for hangar rentals, fueling, and maintenance charges.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.5% of the existing operating budget. It represents 96.1% of the total request ($1,309,766) for this program. All applicable statewide policy adjustments have been applied to this ancillary program. The increase in recommended over existing operating budget is tied to statewide policy adjustments for risk management and funding of replacement aviation equipment. The major differences between total request and total recommended are projected inflation costs of $28,284 not being funded in total recommended and reductions in Operating Supplies category to fully fund salaries and related benefits ($16,000). This is in accordance with statewide policy guidelines. The recommended funding level provides adequate funding for this ancillary program to continue current level of service with emphasis and priority being safety of operations.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
Replacement of electronic balancing and tracking equipment used for rotor, propeller, tail rotor and fan assemblies. This equipment will be used to maintain and service all state aircraft in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration's and manufacturer's requirements.
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