Body extensions in aircraft MRO are already here, but is everybody ready?

Today, MROs are faced with an unprecedented numbers of aircraft, which means that servicing the entire aviation industry has become more challenging than ever. As a result, wearable technologies have recently started to become essential components for the future of MRO. The availability of Android watches and Google Glass, despite them being commercial flops, allowed technologists to experiment with use cases and form factors. However, it’s the launch of next-generation devices in that – although not guaranteed to be any more commercially successful – points to a more interesting wearable market future…and more headache for the training providers.

FL Technics Training adds Fuel Tank Safety (Phase 2) course to its Online Training platform

FL Technics Training, a global provider of aviation technical training services, is delighted to announce further extension of its online EASA-compliant training platform. From now on, the company’s corporate and individual customers can order a Fuel Tank Safety (Phase 2) specialized training, dedicated to personnel involved directly in the aircraft and fuel tank maintenance works. Accessible instantly from any location in the world, the course takes just about 5 hours and will be available already this week.

The new course covers a full set of issues related to the Fuel Tank Safety (Phase 2) training. The program will includes a short background, showing examples of the FTS accidents and incidents, the description of concept of fuel tank safety and Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCL), the examples of manufacturer's documents showing the CDCCL items, the cases of FTS defects,  as well as the examples for maintenance instructions for inspection.

FL Technics becomes an exclusive representative for Aviointeriors in 16 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 Aviointeriors, one of the top world leaders in the aircraft passenger seat market segment. As of June 2015, the company shall represent the supplier in Russia, the CIS, the Baltic States and several European states, including Slovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria.

According to the 2 year-long partnership agreement, FL Technics will act as an exclusive seller and promoter of Aviointeriors’ passenger seats and their spare parts for various narrow- and wide-body aircraft, such as Airbus A319, A320, A321, A330 series, Boeing 737, 747, 757, and 777 series, McDonnell Douglas DC-9, DC-10 and MD90 series, as well as ATR series.

Training and retaining Generation Y in aviation maintenance

With the ever-growing requirements for maintenance of the global aviation fleet, appropriate and timely maintenance training remains one of the most pressing issues uniting the minds of aviation industry around the globe. On the one hand, the so-called millennials, or Generation Y, currently making up around a third of the global workforce, might make the industry’s adaption to new technologies easier, as they have more experience using computers than wrenches. On the other hand, however, as they usually expect to stay in a job for less than three years, retaining the new workforce might appear to be the real challenge.

As the most populous generation since baby-boomers, the millennials are forecasted to make up almost half of the global workforce by 2020.

MRO IT: what kills IT implementation projects in aviation?

Despite multi-billion investments into new aircraft technologies and sophisticated equipment, the aviation industry remains quite conservative when it comes to day-to-day operations. This is particularly topical for the aircraft maintenance segment, where many players have reported struggling with un-LEAN processes and, surprisingly, the IT software which is specifically designed to facilitate these processes. Why are half of all software implementation projects in the aviation industry doomed to failure? What do MRO executives commonly miss when selecting MRO software? What kills the best IT implementation projects?

According to a recent PwC report, as many as 50% of all IT implementation projects in aviation tend to fail.

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.

Boeing’s new 787 and Airbus’ A350 introduced quite a few new technologies to the industry, not the least because of predominant use of composite materials in their structures.