Aircraft Maintenance Technology

APR-MAY 2018

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BUSINESS AVIATION upgrades (to have aircraft 2020-ready) and the replacement of mature cabin management, entertainment, and communication systems." "From our perspective, it's growing," says Kirya Shortt, senior vice president of Textron Aviation Service. "Throughout 2017, we saw a steady rise in flight activity both domestically and internationally, which is translating into increased activity and growth throughout our aftermarket business." A number of factors are influencing this growth. Canadian-based Flying Colours Executive Vice President Sean Gillespie believes being a Bombardier Approved Service Center is a strong driver of business. This can stimulate owners "to use us for maintenance on their Bombardier jets," says Gillespie. "The Global model fleet is coming up to its first 120-month (8C) checks so we are busy with these inspections. We have enough of them going through the hangars that we have dedicated time and money to training our team and investing in our infrastructure with a custom-made tail-dock, to be ready to meet the demand." OEM ALLIANCES A MUST? Here's that gravitational pull we alluded to. It emanates largely from the OEMs. Partnering with the original equipment manufacturer is increasingly the prudent course for many an independent MRO. Aviation MRO requires a constant update in the use and maintenance of new technologies. That, of course, isn't new. The change is that now, and more and more in the future, the MROs will be very restricted if they are not working in partnership agreement with the OEMs. So assert Nicolas Tejera and Ronnie McCrae, director of maintenance and third-party manager respectively for Falcon Engineering. The division of Falcon Aviation Services is based in Abu Dhabi. Tejera and McCrae believe OEMs now realize that it's better for them to maintain the link with the aircraft even longer after it has been delivered to the owner. So cooperation between OEMs, MROs, and the authorities is key. JSSI's Winzar reiterates, "The MRO market is consolidating; it's becoming more challenging than ever for independent facilities to be competitive. Key drivers include OEMs' control over authorizations and parts supply, selecting the right facility to complete maintenance." Partnerships are one way to stay independent while attracting new business." "We've seen a lot of consolidation at the highest level of aviation with large conglomerates merging or acquiring each other," says Flying Colours' Gillespie. A classic case-in-point is Rockwell Collins and BE Aerospace. He foresees M&A trickling down to the smaller maintenance companies and alliances formed to strengthen their global presence. ExecuJet Executive Vice President for MRO Services Graeme Duckworth puts the trend in global perspective: "In view of the increasing reliability of business aircraft, together with longer intervals between inspections, longer warranty EXECUJET LANSERIA Hangar. EXECUJET 26 APRIL/MAY 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

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