Military aircraft MRO: benefits of civil injection

The main effect of the recent global economic crisis on the military aviation segment was the growth of military MRO sector, since in the financially challenging times countries prefer to update or repair their aircraft instead of spending money on new equipment. Another easily observed trend which can be largely attributed to the latest economic turmoil is the increasing number of institutions choosing to outsource their military MRO services. Nevertheless, some regulatory factors may be getting in the way of the operators wishing to receive full benefits of contracting third-party providers.

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Manpower – an Achilles’ heel for Indonesian aviation?

In the end of August, 2013 an MRO subsidiary of Lion Air, the largest privately owned airline in Indonesia, revealed its plans to establish a new MRO centre on a Batam island, which is only about 30 km away from the major aviation hub - Singapore. The latest plans reflect yet another Indonesia’s attempt to become the leading player in the Asia Pacific region. But despite its eagerness and drive, it seems that the local industry might just end up following the steps of China which had to pacify the ambitions of its carriers due to the shortage of manpower.

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Outsourcing line maintenance: a seasonal trend or a strategic decision?

FL Technics LineThe slowly recovering market of commercial aviation is putting the airlines in a difficult position. On the one hand, it is in their best interest to make most of the rising passenger traffic by opening up new routes and increasing the frequency of their flights, especially during the summer season. On the other hand, the rising oil prices are pressuring them to look for more economically convenient solutions when it comes to maintenance of their aircraft. Thus, in the situation of constantly having to worry about costs, the outsourcing of line maintenance, although being the least popular MRO solution might in fact be the most reasonable.

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Aircraft record management: a call for the revision of standards

FL Technics EngineeringMany aspects of the successful functioning of the aviation industry are largely dependent on keeping literally millions of pages in the form of aircraft documentation up-to-date and readily available. Naturally, an organization required to store such records for a considerable amount of time needs to place significant efforts into doing so. Needless to say, these efforts come at a great expense with regard to both time and manpower. Of course, in this day and age the practical solution would be to eliminate all the paper and switch to electronic document management and this step is in fact becoming more and more recognized as being significant and necessary. The problem remains, though, because despite being more practical and convenient, the electronic format hasn’t been properly approved by the relevant aviation authorities and thus cannot yet be applied universally.

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Aircraft redelivery: risks that airlines just cannot afford

FL Technics EngineeringOver the upcoming ten years, 40-50 percent of the entire global aircraft fleet will be flown under operational leases. Aircraft leasing provides significant flexibility for airlines in terms of adapting their fleet composition and route structures to ever-changing market demand. However, whether it is a short or long-term lease, the lessee is obligated to return the aircraft in the same technical condition as it was initially delivered. But without a proper technical maintenance plan and supervisory system, the redelivery process may render multi-million dollar losses for both the carrier and the lessor.

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Evolving maintenance market for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

FL Technics EngineeringInitially developed for military purposes, today Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are actively penetrating the commercial aviation industry. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in five years’ time there will be approx. 7500 small UAVs operating in non-military areas alone. A drastic increase in UAVs usage in commercial aviation raises the issues of their proper continuing maintenance and training of specialized technical specialists.

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