The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recommended that Boeing address four “issues” related to manufacturing and supplier quality in a new report released on March 19. The report details the results of a joint review of the Boeing 787’s design manufacturing and assembly processes ordered after the January 2013 lithium battery fire aboard a Dreamliner parked at Boston Logan Airport. The review team also made recommendations for improved, “risk-based” FAA oversight to account for new business models.
Lengthy aircraft program delays happen for a variety of reasons, but a common thread lies in what multinational management consultancy Accenture calls their extraordinary complexity and the “interwoven” nature of the decisions of hundreds of suppliers. Compounding such complexity, says Accenture, a wide geographic dispersion of suppliers exists across virtually all regions of the world, resulting in fragmented, disaggregated and misaligned development processes, supply chain calculations such as parts shortages and manufacturing/engineering inefficiencies.
Business Jet Access has added Jerry Tindel Jr. and David Garvey to its maintenance staff. Tindel assumes the position of maintenance supervisor and will oversee operations at the BJA Dallas Love Field maintenance facility. He began his career in the Air Force and his 30 years in business aviation maintenance include positions as lead technician for Falcon and Gulfstream aircraft. As supply chain manager, Garvey will manage all areas of materials and supply-chain logistics for the company.
Boeing’s well-documented development struggles with the new 787 Dreamliner raised questions over the wisdom of its plan to reduce the number of its suppliers and to place more responsibility with them for design and management of their own supply chains.
Nordam has named Jeff Chalupa general manager of domestic operations for its transparency division. In his new role Chalupa will oversee engineering, production, operations, supply chain and purchasing, maintenance, quality and customer program management. His emphasis will be on leading growth, development and technology enhancement. Chalupa joined Nordam in 2007 in a management capacity and has held positions of increasing leadership since that time.
AAR has expanded its distribution network for original Unison aerospace components to better serve aircraft operators and repair facilities in Europe. AAR, an exclusive supplier of aerospace parts for the Unison distribution channel, is adding inventory at its European Distribution Center located near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The new inventory includes turbine ignition systems, engine-dedicated alternators, sensors, switches and wiring harnesses.
The Rockford Area Aerospace Network (RAAN), a committee of the Rockford (Ill.) area economic development council (RAEDC), is here at the NBAA show highlighting its “white-glove service” to the aerospace industry.
Aerostructures specialist GKN Aerospace presented its 2010 supplier awards to five companies yesterday at the Farnborough airshow: All Metal Services, Onamac Industries, High-Tech Engineering, Magellan Aerospace and Doncaster Bramah.
• All Metal Services’ award was in the regional supplier-Europe category, for supplying aluminum cut plate and extrusions.
Pressure to reduce costs is the top priority facing aerospace executives, according to a new survey by global management consultancy Accenture. As a result, companies will be forced to increase the use of external engineering services over the next three years, it finds.
Global parts supplier STAG (Specialist Technologies Aerospace Group) is on hand at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2B Stand E101) to explain its supply chain optimization program. The UK-based company, which has SpecTech divisions in the U.S.
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