Boeing’s well-documented development struggles with the new 787 Dreamliner raised questions over the wisdom of its plan to reduce the number of its suppliers and to place more responsibility with them for design and management of their own supply chains.
Aftermarket aircraft parts supplier Aeroinv.com will now be listing more than 150,000 part SKUs worth $350 million on Inventory Locator Service. ILS provides an electronic marketplace that enables subscribers to buy and sell parts, equipment and services. The inventory includes major brands of parts and components for most aircraft models.
Online parts marketplace Rhobi (reinventing how online business integrates) “is the biggest technological advance for parts ordering and inventory since the fax machine,” asserts Steve Edwards, COO of Fort Smith, Ark.-based Rhobi. Edwards had a parts supply company and was unhappy with his options for software that would let his reps see up-to-date inventory, order parts and communicate with the company.
Two separate analyst reports issued this week by UBS Investment Research and Brian Foley and Associates note that business jet order backlogs are at increased risk due to rising pre-owned inventory and recession. According to UBS, pre-owned bizjet inventory now stands at 16 percent of the in-service fleet, climbing 2 percent last month alone and 65 percent above prior-year levels.
San Antonio, Texas-based M7 Aerospace (Booth No. 740), a group of aerospace-related business units created from the assets of the former Fairchild Aviation Corp., recently expanded its role as an outsourcing provider through its supply-chain management organization.
Members of the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (IFBOA) can save money on credit-card processing charges under a new program offered by Jet Fleet International (JFI). “This program is an important component of our mission to provide enhanced purchasing and profitability opportunities to our growing membership,” said John Wraga, IFBOA founder and executive director.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded its highest supply chain security rating to Gulfstream Aerospace. The business jet manufacturer’s efforts to ensure its supply chain is safe and secure achieved “Tier Three” status. As a result, Gulfstream is eligible to receive the highest level of benefits available to members of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
The temporary reduction in navigation and ATC user charges in Canada will be eliminated on December 31 in one of several steps Nav Canada is taking to stem a potential revenue shortfall resulting from reduced flight operations after September 11.
Aerospace Products International (API), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, has instituted a new program to enhance spares availability for Beechcraft owners, operators and maintenance providers. API, which provides distribution and supply chain services to the aviation industry, has purchased an inventory of Beech legacy spare parts to support all Beech models including the King Air, Baron and Bonanza.
Heli-Mart of Costa Mesa, Calif., has bought nine MD 520Ns and a 300C previously operated by the Phoenix Police Department. An inventory of serviceable spare parts and engines, worth nearly $1.5 million, is now available for purchase.