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APR-MAY 2018

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COVER STORY BUSINESS AVIATION Steady Growth, Consolidation Characterize Business Aircraft MRO Market By Ronald Donner and Jerome Greer Chandler Steady, although not spectacular, growth characterizes the global business jet MRO market over the ensuing five years — all the while, the industry steadies itself to adapt to the seemingly irresistible gravitational pull exerted by continuing consolidation. Such is the consensus of nine geographically diverse business aircraft maintenance leaders. "From our perspective, we see expanding opportunities and expect more growth in the new and pre-owned business jet segment as the global economy continues to grow stronger," says United Kingdom-based Mark Winzar, vice president of technical services for JSSI. "Maintenance activity will grow but owners and operators will need to engage in careful planning, management, and execution, as MRO resources continue to consolidate." "The business aviation maintenance market is inextricably linked to the health of the industry at large," says Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Bombardier Business Aircraft's vice president and general manager of customer experience. "We expect the business aviation market to remain stable in 2018 in terms of deliveries, and in the longer term, the industry is poised for growth. This is a positive signal for the maintenance market: economic growth underpins increases in flight hours." The same dynamic is driving Bombardier's archrival. "The continued growth of our fleet — now at more than 2,800 aircraft — and increased flight hours in 2017 — kept us busy throughout the year," says Derek Zimmerman, president of Gulfstream Product Support. "That level of activ- 24 APRIL/MAY 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

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