• 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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  • 2015.02.25

    Middle Eastern aviation not ready to switch to in-house MRO support

    Currently, the Middle Eastern commercial aviation MRO market is growing at a faster rate than the global average. According to ICF International, it is expected to account for up to 8% of the global civil aviation MRO market in 2015. However, as more and more local carriers find having suppliers from North America or Europe no longer acceptable, it is still unclear whether the domestic ones will be able to fully replace them.

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  • 2015.02.06

    FL Technics to provide Powerplant Unit and Landing Gear MRO consulting services

    FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, continues to successfully expand the range of its capabilities and has recently launched Engine, APU and Landing Gear MRO consulting services. In addition to maintenance, leasing and exchange management, the company will offer its expert advice on various powerplant technical issues and re-delivery process.

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  • 2015.02.04

    FL Technics Defence becomes an approved spare parts provider for Sri Lanka Armed Forces

    FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, is further expanding the range of its services and customers by becoming an approved spare parts and MRO provider for the Armed Forces of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. FL Technics will support Sri Lanka Air Forces with Antonov An-32 and Lockheed C-130 Hercules MRO solutions. 

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  • 2015.01.30

    FL Technics Training supplements its EASA Part 147 certificate with Embraer 190

    FL Technics Training, a global provider of aviation technical training services, is delighted to announce further expansion of its EASA Part 147 certificate by supplementing it with a new Embraer ERJ-190 type training. 

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