Aircraft Maintenance Technology

JUN-JUL 2018

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34 JUNE/JULY 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS AVIATION and there won’t be many more capable of this kind of work between now and the end of next year. The future is set. What about equipment? For the most part installation centers report there is not much of a problem with acquiring or modifying equipment — again depending on the type of aircraft, equipment, etc. Some supply chain issues were mentioned but it’s not one of the bigger constraints, but it can lengthen the aircraft downtime if not fully understood ahead of time. Some equipment needs to be sent to the OEM for modification versus just installing new equipment. These OEMs may provide expedite options at a cost if you are faced with long turn-times for modified equipment. And some may offer exchange units rather than an OEM modified or a new purchase. And you may also be faced with additional repair costs if your modified unit needs repair work or other upgrades. Again from AEA President Derks, “With only 18 months left to comply, most likely, prices are not going to drop any further on equipment. Manufacturers are working to produce enough equipment in a timely matter. It’s now a matter of supply and demand, so there is no real incentive on the manufacturers to cut prices SOME OPERATORS elected to wait until other maintenance or upgrades such as this Wi-Fi installation before equipping for ADS-B Out. DUNCAN AVIATION

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