Aircraft Maintenance Technology

MAR 2018

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pete in the future with digital solutions and next-generation technologies will see a consolidation at the top of the market and growth of niche local players." THE FUTURE OF MRO MRO's fate is inextricably linked to that of the airlines they serve. Over the ensuing three to five years AJW President and CEO Christopher Whiteside says carriers will have to make "sometimes painful adjustments" in the way they manage their increasingly sophisticated fleets. "An increasingly commoditized market continues to put pressures on their bottom lines." No matter where the MRO is located they're going to have to deal with the pressure. The upshot: they must innovate, perhaps as never before "and offer airlines holistic packages that reduce both the costs to the airline and associated risk." They must do this, of course, "without compromising quality or safety." Even as carriers have mastered yield management and capacity control to push profits they're going to have to deal with rising worldwide labor costs, costs which Marcontell says are rising at a "brisk pace." Add to this fundamental fact of life "the added complexity of lease return conditions, maximizing spare part value, and meeting contractual terms" will amount to a challenge on a new scale. Managing an aircraft's end of life, bringing new suppliers and sources of materials into the fold for replacement aircraft, he says, "will tax even the most sophisticated [airline] maintenance and supply departments." Vallair's Lebigot sees greater demand for scheduled lease return activity as compared to 2017, and a further uptick in demand with the fallout from both Monarch Airlines and Air Berlin. Exterior painting activity, with a large number of ex Air Berlin Aircraft transferring to companies like easyJet, for example, is leaving very little capacity in Europe. None of these structural or market challenges are insurmountable. Nor are political impediments, such as Brexit. Oliver Wyman's assessment of the next 10 years envisions "few foreseeable stumbling blocks that could derail the expansionary outlook for either the fleet or the MRO industry. If anything, our research for the decade between 2018 and 2028 shows acceleration of the growth trends reported in earlier research." From Testing to Precision Radome Repairs and Overhauls, We're Experts » Guaranteed same day TAT for transmissivity testing using our in-house anechoic chamber » Wide-ranging exchange and loaner inventory » In-house paint booth » Radome boot and installation » In-house tooling and jigging capabilities for full re-rings and overhauls Serving the business jet, regional and commercial aviation industries for two decades. EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Beechjet 400 Boeing 737, 757, 767 Bombardier CL601, CL604, CL850, CRJ 100/200, CRJ 700/900, Global Express, XRS, Global 5000, Lear 31, 35, 36, 45 Cessna Citation 525, 525A, 525B, 525C, 550, 560, 560XL, 650, 680/750, Mustang Dassault F20, F50, F200 Embraer E135/145, E175/E190 Gulfstream GII, GIII, GIV, G200 Hawker 800, 800XP, 850XP REPAIRS AND OVERHAULS: Airbus A320, A340 Beech King Air 200, 250, 300, 350, C90 Beechcraft Premier 390 Beechjet 400, 400A Boeing 737, 767, 777 Bombardier CRJ, Challenger, Global Cessna 510, 525, 550, 560, 560XL, 650, 750 Dassault Falcon F50, F900, F2000 Embraer 135, 145, 170, 175, 190 Gulfstream II, III, IV, V, 550 Hawker 750, 800, 900, XP Learjet 20 Series, 30 Series, 40, 45, XR, 55, 60 877.243.4225 The Radome Authority for Testing, Repairs and Overhauls

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