Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala launched Sanad Aero Solutions launched in February 2010 as part of a plan to achieve more in the maintenance repair and overhaul sector than simply being a small niche player. The company’s mission is to take the hassle and inherent inefficiency of spare parts supply management off the shoulders of aircraft operators.
Despite the increasingly uncertain economic outlook, trading conditions for companies making their living from the air transport aftermarket are improving, according to analysts at Swiss bank UBS.
“Tool on Time” is exactly what it sounds like–a maintenance support program that will make maintenance tools and ground support equipment readily available. It is the latest offering from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and is intended to complement its spare parts pooling program to quickly provide parts and reduce the need for inventory investments.
Concerned about continuing international shipping delays because of post-9/11 U.S. Customs regulations, Raytheon is opening a spare parts center in Liège, Belgium. The 147,000-sq-ft, fully automated facility will match its current Dallas/Fort Worth spares depot capability. The European facility initially will be stocked with $10 million worth of inventory in support of all Raytheon models, including out-of-production types.
Heli-Mart of Costa Mesa, Calif., has bought nine MD 520Ns and a 300C previously operated by the Phoenix Police Department. An inventory of serviceable spare parts and engines, worth nearly $1.5 million, is now available for purchase.
Aerospace Products International (API), a provider of distribution and supply chain services, has been chosen by Flight Options for rotables management. API’s Electronic Supply Program (ESP) will manage Flight Options’ recertification cycle. It will also handle the associated logistics required to manage its life raft and survival equipment inventories.