Most aerospace and defense executives think their companies would improve their ability to collaborate with suppliers in engineering and manufacturing design by making more use of product lifecycle management (PLM) processes, but few of them believe their companies are making significant progress in this regard. This was the main conclusion of a new survey on product engineering and manufacturing published ahead of the Farnborough International Airshow by Accenture (Chalet J/1).
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An air charter company contacted AIN to warn about a customer who scammed $220,000 worth of charter flights through fraudulent credit-card payments. According to this company, which does not want to be named, the customer booked a trip from California to Utah and then to Arizona, claiming to be traveling with a well known rap performer.
Long Island MacArthur Airport-based Hawthorne Global Aviation Services has expanded its hours by adding a second shift, seven days a week. “With the increased demand for our maintenance services from our in-house, retail and transient customers, we extended our hours to provide our customers with the added convenience of maintenance services whenever they need them and to minimize downtime,” Ralph Michielli, vice president and director of maintenance, told AIN. New hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Singapore-based training company Mil-Com Aerospace and Chennai, India-headquartered Ramco Systems, part of the $1 billion U.S. Ramco Group, a leading software company focused on products and managed services, have entered into a partnership to complement their offerings. Mil-Com focuses on proving technical training on diverse modules in the aviation sector using Ramco’s Aviation Suite to address business “pain” points to its member base.
Ramco Systems, an enterprise software company focused on delivering enterprise resource planning, human capital management and aviation MRO software on cloud, tablets and smartphones, reports it is experiencing “good traction” in Europe.
Commenting on the company’s success in the region, CEO Virender Aggarwal said, “We have witnessed good traction for our cloud offerings in the European sub-continent with no license fee, maintenance cost or additional infrastructure to procure. The cloud model has seen a quick uptake from this segment, globally.”
Under a new partnership announced yesterday, Argus’s charter aircraft operator ratings and search filtering are now part of CharterPad’s online charter marketplace. CharterPad is also increasing the number of Argus-rated operators in its system, with nearly half of all such operators having joined CharterPad. Besides the Argus ratings, CharterPad’s main dashboard also includes a link directly to the aviation services company’s TripCheq system, which provides charter customers with a comprehensive analysis of a company’s credentials specific to a trip.
The super-medium Bell Helicopter “Relentless” Model 525, announced at Heli-Expo’12, is not just an ambitious new program, it is a catalyst for changing the culture of the company, said Larry Thimmesch, Bell’s vice president of commercial programs. “There are many new things on this program, not just in terms of product but also in terms of process and cultural change,” he said.
Magellan Aviation Group, an integrated aftermarket aviation support services provider, has chosen Quantum Control software to manage its leasing, asset management and repair operations for its worldwide customer base of airlines, OEMs and MRO companies.
Bell Helicopter is preparing to start assembling the first prototype of the 525 Relentless super-medium twin later this year at its facility in Amarillo, Texas. Four more prototypes are expected to join the test program before certification in 2015. Bell and its suppliers have begun manufacturing parts for the helicopter, which was announced in February last year and is slated to fly for the first time next year.
SR Technics, an executive refurbishment and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialist in Zurich, continues to enhance and develop its executive cabin outfitting and maintenance services.
The company claims to have invested in new engineering tooling and systems and to have nearly doubled the size of its skilled labor team in the past 12 months alone.
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