With its recent certification as a Venezuelan repair station, Boca Raton-based Reliable Jet Center is adding another maintenance facility in South Florida.
Product lifecycle management
Jet Aviation (Booth No. 7090) announced this week that its Basel completions center will be collaborating with the Porsche Design Studio to create a new VVIP aircraft cabin interior.
Larry Shiembob, general manager of Timken’s Aerospace Aftermarket Solutions in Mesa, Ariz., told AIN the company is enhancing its overhaul and repair operations by adding 100 new replacement parts to its portfolio of FAA-approved parts and assemblies. “We are sharpening our focus on engine overhaul and repair, and we expect customers to benefit from that emphasis,” he said.
Diehl Aircabin has chosen Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter digital lifecycle management portfolio to help with its design, development and manufacture of cabin modules, crew rest compartments and air distribution systems for aircraft, including those for the new Airbus A350XWB.
Aircraft spares specialist AAR is offering a cost-effective parts inventory management program to relieve airlines’ cash flow headaches. “There’s no question airlines in this region are looking for ways to streamline their inventory cost structure,” said AAR’s vice president of sales for the Aviation Supply Chain Group in the Asia-Pacific region, Paul Richardson.
After pioneering digital design in the aerospace industry 25 years ago, Dassault Aviation has implemented what it calls “the digital factory.” The Falcon 7X was the first aircraft to be produced using this concept, and the result was some impressive gains in manufacturing efficiency. Now Dassault has taken digitization one step further, by simulating the processes of aircraft completion and maintenance.
Pewaukee, Wis.-based VJS Lincoln, a division of VJS Construction Services that specializes in aviation development and construction, recently completed construction on a new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for Hawker Beechcraft. The 80,000-sq-ft facility is located at Indianapolis International Airport and features a maintenance hangar, shop and part storage area and administrative office.
“Global MRO Market Economic Assessment,” a study commissioned by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and conducted by AeroStrategy, has yielded insight about the breadth of the aviation maintenance (MRO) industry and its impact on the U.S. economy.
A number of business jets–more than 3,000 by some estimates–are sitting idle on the ramp as their owners wait for the economy to improve. According to Rich Schuller, founder of Schuller Aerospace Services International of Scottsdale, Ariz., there could be trouble brewing for those owners.
Managing aircraft programs is a complex process that should not be underestimated. This is one of the clearest messages to have emerged in recent years and is evidenced when one considers the 787 supplier issues, A380 wiring problems and A400M delays. It costs the industry vast sums of time and money.