Aircraft spares specialist AAR is offering a cost-effective parts inventory management program to relieve airlines’ cash flow headaches. “There’s no question airlines in this region are looking for ways to streamline their inventory cost structure,” said AAR’s vice president of sales for the Aviation Supply Chain Group in the Asia-Pacific region, Paul Richardson.
Product lifecycle management
After pioneering digital design in the aerospace industry 25 years ago, Dassault Aviation has implemented what it calls “the digital factory.” The Falcon 7X was the first aircraft to be produced using this concept, and the result was some impressive gains in manufacturing efficiency. Now Dassault has taken digitization one step further, by simulating the processes of aircraft completion and maintenance.
Pewaukee, Wis.-based VJS Lincoln, a division of VJS Construction Services that specializes in aviation development and construction, recently completed construction on a new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for Hawker Beechcraft. The 80,000-sq-ft facility is located at Indianapolis International Airport and features a maintenance hangar, shop and part storage area and administrative office.
“Global MRO Market Economic Assessment,” a study commissioned by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and conducted by AeroStrategy, has yielded insight about the breadth of the aviation maintenance (MRO) industry and its impact on the U.S. economy.
A number of business jets–more than 3,000 by some estimates–are sitting idle on the ramp as their owners wait for the economy to improve. According to Rich Schuller, founder of Schuller Aerospace Services International of Scottsdale, Ariz., there could be trouble brewing for those owners.
Managing aircraft programs is a complex process that should not be underestimated. This is one of the clearest messages to have emerged in recent years and is evidenced when one considers the 787 supplier issues, A380 wiring problems and A400M delays. It costs the industry vast sums of time and money.
CAE has been selected by Bombardier to provide engineering services and a flight simulator for the C Series narrowbody aircraft. The Canadian company will supply a so-called augmented engineering environment, which includes test support equipment under the hardware-in-the-loop concept. The idea is to have the tested system “believe” it is in a real aircraft.
In a report titled Aircraft Maintenance, Repair And Overhaul (MRO): A Global Market Report, Global Industry Analysts provides a comprehensive review of the MRO industry and quantifies potential in key markets such as heavy airframe maintenance, modifications, component maintenance, engine overhaul and
A report issued by Global Industry Analysts predicts the worldwide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market will reach $55.2 billion by 2015. The recently released report, “Aircraft Maintenance, Repair And Overhaul: A Global Market Report,” suggests the world market for heavy aircraft maintenance is poised to grow at a steady pace through 2015, with engine overhauls expected to expand most rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region.
Naples Jet Center, based at Naples Municipal Airport, Fla., has been approved as a Venezuelan repair station by the Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica Civil Venezuela (INAC). The MRO provides maintenance and repair work on Citations, Learjets, Hawkers, Embraers and Twin Commanders. Services include avionics installation and repair, structural repair and upgrades, interior refurbishment and maintenance and inspections.