Aircraft Maintenance Technology

APR-MAY 2018

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staff from neighboring countries, where the increase of demand for such MRO services is not increasing in the same proportion as is the case in Germany." Tilling the soil for the cultivation of future airframe and powerplant technicians can't start early enough. Textron is focusing its efforts far downstream, concentrating on promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) efforts and partnerships with a range of local schools — not merely high schools and vocational schools but with elementary and middle schools as well. The recruitment and retention problem is solvable, but not immediately so. The wild card is automation. The hangar floor just could be a future habitat for robots believes ExecuJet's Duckworth. "Although hard to imagine within the industry at present, the advances in robotics, in particular the use of drones and other remote-controlled devices, is very likely to impact our industry going forward. This will have the benefit of lowering ownership costs and downtimes — desired efficiencies for most businesses." There are, however, a couple of caveats. "[The] downside is that the capital expense for the MRO facilities will be high, with potentially lower returns, and it will inhibit employment levels because work would be carried out by machines. The latter is a global challenge 120-MONTH CHECK at the Flying Colours facility. FLYING COLOURS CORP. GULFSTREAM PRODUCT Support Service technicians. GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE

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