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operates FAA repair stations that support
government and military operations.
"The military expects MROs to meet
the highest standards," King said. "But
the quality they expect is in line with the
operations we already do on VIP Boeing
Business Jet aircraft."
He explains that the military selects
similar coatings but requires identical color
matches and stringent adherence to coating mil thicknesses on every aircraft. For
interiors, the military selects utilitarian,
workhorse and stain-resistant materials,
but overall, the modifications remain the
same. For cabinetry, the military gears their
choices toward end missions. "On the interior, you're still taking care of the components,
being cautious of the way you route things

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and the functionality," he noted. "We make
sure we understand the customer's requirements and we apply the same principles on
the interior side [for military aircraft] that
we do on the VIP side."
King sees the company's experience with
commercial and business jets as a plus when
working with military planes. "Most of the
military aircraft we work with are commercial derivative aircraft," he explained. "They
are not designed for the military, by the military, for a military need. The military wants
us to modify these planes for their use, and
that's where we come in."
He explains modifying commercial aircraft for military use is more cost-effective
than building a military-specific aircraft.
"From a parts perspective, a military-specific

aircraft would be very expensive to maintain," he said. "Also, we can pull mechanics
from other areas of the industry to work on
this aircraft."

The Hero Project
The King Aerospace MRO teamed with
multiple companies to deliver the aircraft
modifications in less than half the normal
time frame. Boeing dubbed the project the
"Hero Project" because it took a "heroic
effort" to pull it off.
"The Boeing Group didn't think we could
realistically turn the aircraft in the time
frame they asked for; they expected it to
take twice as long," King explained. "We
pulled it off in the time they'd hoped for,
but not what they realistically expected.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Editor's Takeoff: We Are Alone, Together
Developing a Strong Bond
Tech Spotlight: Meeting Military Standards
Paints and Coatings: State of the Industry Report: Aircraft Paints & Coatings
Special Feature: Does Your Coating Thickness Meet Spec?
MRO Feature: The Journey of Elliott Aviation
Product Focus: Ladders, Stands & Platforms - Build, Tear Down, Reuse
ARSA Insight: What Relief Looks Like
GAMA Insight: Strengthening the General Aviation Workforce
Professionalism: Compassionate Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Shop Talk: Welcome to Papa's Playhouse
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Editor's Takeoff: We Are Alone, Together
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Developing a Strong Bond
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Tech Spotlight: Meeting Military Standards
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Paints and Coatings: State of the Industry Report: Aircraft Paints & Coatings
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Special Feature: Does Your Coating Thickness Meet Spec?
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - MRO Feature: The Journey of Elliott Aviation
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Product Focus: Ladders, Stands & Platforms - Build, Tear Down, Reuse
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - ARSA Insight: What Relief Looks Like
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - GAMA Insight: Strengthening the General Aviation Workforce
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Professionalism: Compassionate Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Shop Talk: Welcome to Papa's Playhouse
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