• 2015.05.28

    Attracting composite professionals from outside aviation – the fight is on

    One much discussed technology that has brought significant change into the aviation industry is definitely composites. For instance, they constitute, by weight, 53% of the Airbus A350XWB's structure. As a result, apart from reduced weights, Airbus suggests the airliner will create just 40% of the corrosion-related inspection and maintenance burden of a traditional aluminum aircraft. However, when it comes to maintenance of such machines, MROs need to transform their product and service offerings substantially to qualify for this work, thus facing continuous challenges, especially in the area of maintenance training.

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  • 2015.05.19

    Safe enough: military aircraft MRO should embrace IT-enabled efficiency

    Following significant cuts in various countries’ defence budgets, the economics of cloud computing are becoming more and more attractive within the industry. Recently, Teri Takai, CIO of the Department of Defence published the Cloud Computing Strategy, reflecting and promoting cloud adoption in modern A&D. However, despite the overwhelming success the cloud industry has seen in the commercial aviation segment, it still raises some security-related concerns within its military counterpart.

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  • 2015.05.14

    Avionics upgrades to drive the current generation aircraft MRO

    As the global trend toward next-generation air traffic management systems evolves, and parts obsolescence issues increase, airlines operating aging fleets are considering upgrading cockpits with modern avionics as replacements for legacy systems. ICF SH&E estimates the avionics upgrade market for air transport to reach $1 billion by 2023 for a CAGR of 6.1%. In fact, avionics upgrades are projected to increase faster than the overall MRO market, which is growing at a 3.9% CAGR for the period.

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  • 2015.05.12

    FL Technics will exclusively represent Future Metals in Russia and eleven more countries

    FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has been selected to act as an exclusive representative of Future Metals, which is the leading supplier of aerospace quality metals and other materials to the global aircraft manufacturing and maintenance industry. The company shall represent the supplier in multiple CIS countries, including Russia and Moldova, as well as several neighbouring states, such as Ukraine and Georgia.  

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  • 2015.04.21

    Why recruitment fails: aviation MRO needs more attractiveness

    With a global economic footprint of some $2.4 trillion, the consequences of workforce shortages in the aviation industry are especially problematic. Meanwhile, various studies suggest that with air transportation demand set to double by 2030, nearly a million new pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers and cabin crew will be needed to keep the industry moving forward. However, current recruitment efforts are reported to fall short of this figure.

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  • 2015.03.30

    Increasing demand for internet connectivity to end the era of IFE systems

    Recently, Ryanair – the Europe’s largest low-cost airline, operating around 1 600 flights daily – announced, it’s considering offering streamed entertainment and Wi-Fi access for its passengers free of charge. If the trials prove popular, the service could be rolled out to its entire fleet of around 300 Boeing aircraft. Moreover, in October 2014, United Airlines also announced plans to roll out Wi-Fi to its fleet of over 200 regional jets, delivering download speed of up to 9.8 Mbps. In the meantime, however, as Wi-Fi quickly turns into a major battleground in the quest to attract passengers, it may bring about some changes in the MRO segment as well.

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  • 2015.03.24

    Military aviation MRO management calls for a change of mindset

    According to a 30-year aircraft procurement plan the U.S. Defence Department submitted to Congress three years ago, it would be at least 10 years before new strategic airlifters and long-range bombers are produced and delivered. In the meantime, during the Aero India 2015 the CEO of RAC MiG stated the corporation is considering prolonging the service age of its MiG-29 aircraft by almost 2 times - to 40 years. However, while sustainment of aging aircraft is clearly becoming more and more important for the Air Forces worldwide, the operators will need to revamp their practices to make them more efficient and less costly.

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  • 2015.03.16

    FL Technics to provide Base Maintenance support to Turkmenistan Airlines

    FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, is pleased to announce the signing of a Base Maintenance agreement with Turkmenistan Airlines. Under the agreement, FL Technics will provide C-Check support for the carrier’s five Boeing 737 NG aircraft. 

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  • 2015.03.12

    Aviation MRO in Africa in need of overhaul

    Despite the fact that aviation industry creates around 6.7 million jobs and $6.8B for African GDP, it still remains an area for concern. There are a lot of factors to blame for such a performance, including limited technology, poor policing, cumbersome airport fees and taxes on jet fuel (which are about 20% higher than elsewhere on the globe), as well as the lack of political will. Nevertheless, first and foremost in order to start moving forward, the region has to properly address its MRO capabilities in both short and long term perspectives.

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  • 2015.03.03

    Is aircraft MRO personnel supply outpaced by new technologies?

    The recent flight testing of the new, environmentally friendly Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 has definitely been a glorious moment for both aviation technicians and eco-activists. Unfortunately, according to the newest Oliver Wyman MRO survey, currently only 20% of companies consider investing in new technology as a way to adapt to challenges, connected with implementation of such innovations within the industry. The disappointing statistics clearly indicate that the already tense situation with new aircraft technology, accompanied with evolving MRO practices is not likely to be diffused any time soon. 

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