We are getting a team from SABCA to Kjeller today to repair a corrotion in the 16W148 rib spar, L/H wing 78-0298. Has anybody else seen this repair done? What is the succesrate?
I have not seen it done but it looks pretty simple. FTI came up with the USAF approved repair (Forcemate bushing repair). According to my sources it only takes a few guys and a day or two for each aircraft. If FTI is not involved with your repair it is probably not the newes technology. With that being said; the earlier bushing repairs had manny issues, that is why FTI is now repairing the ribs.
What issues are there with the early repair? SABCA uses a aluminium bush and a "washer" in the bottom, but FTI uses a single piece stainless steel bush. That has to be a nightmare to remove if the repair isn't successfull.