Reliability-centered Maintenance - RCM - Strategic Technologies, Inc.: "RCM finds its roots in the early 1960s. The initial development work was performed by the North American civil aviation industry.
It came into being when the airlines of that era began to realize that many of their maintenance philosophies were not only too expensive but also actively dangerous.
This realization prompted the industry to put together a series of Maintenance Steering Groups to re-examine everything they were doing to keep their aircraft airborne. These groups consisted of representatives of the aircraft manufacturers, the airlines and the FAA. "