Paul Seidenman

Paul Seidenman
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Airframers’ NextGen Support Plans Go Beyond What Earlier Models Received 

Airframe OEMs are seeing new business opportunities and aftermarket revenue streams for their next generation of commercial jets, but customer support will not be business as usual.

Airbus Targets Aggressive A350 Maintenance Plan
Airbus is targeting a 10% reduction in direct maintenance costs compared to the Boeing 787-9
737 MAX MRO Builds On Existing Infrastructure
When the first Boeing 737 MAX jets are delivered, operators should benefit from new technologies built on a derivative airframe.
OEMs Offer New Generation Support For Next-Gen Jets
Airframe OEMs' support plans for next-gen jets go beyond what earlier models received
Airlines, Engine MROs Collaborate On Customized Support Plans 

As airlines continue to watch engine expenses, MROs are being asked by their customers to design customized approaches to service and provide material solutions. The conversation is forcing MRO vendors to search for answers outside their facilities.

Airlines Seek Greater Personalized Engine Support 

As airlines continue to watch engine expenses, MROs are being asked by their customers to design customized approaches to service and provide material solutions. The conversation is forcing MRO vendors to search for answers outside their facilities.“A decade ago, the focus of engine maintenance contracts was on supporting the customer—at the time of the shop visit,” says Kristin Kenny, director of Pay Per Hour Programs for Pratt & Whitney Canada. “Now, contracts must be structured to take into account a complete understanding of the customer's operation.”

Environment Driving Next Generation Of Engine Coatings 

Blowing sand in the Middle East and high levels of airborne particulate matter from industrial pollution in Asia are parts of the impetus behind a new generation of thermal barrier coatings (TBC) designed to better protect engine components and withstand corrosive elements.

TBC corrosion is becoming a growing issue, specifically attributable to the build-up of calcium magnesium aluminosilicates (CMAS).

Notes on Nacelles 

As more nacelles are made of composites, their repair market is becoming quite diverse.

“Fleet transitions are adding complexity, failure modes vary as aircraft age, and operators are customizing work scopes to fit their needs,” says Meredith Siegfried, CEO of Nordam, a major nacelle OEM and repair specialist.

Siegfried says most of today's nacelle work stems from mature aircraft, which generally employ comparable technologies and materials, so today's primary focus is on doing the work faster and cheaper.

Americas Aftermarket Adjusts To Major Industry Changes
Airlines, MROs and OEMs adjust to big shift in business dynamic
Kalitta Air Builds Up Michigan MRO
Third party work is driving Kalitta Air MRO expansion
U.S. Firefighting Airtanker Modernization Impeded 
The U.S. will be facing yet another fire season with a dwindling number of aging airtankers.
Engine Overhaul Spending Is Forecast To Fluctuate 
Engine overhaul expenditures will grow modestly in the short term, but prepare for a spike.
MRO Spending Picks Up For Older Widebodies
Widebody operators face a new supply and demand paradigm.
Narrowbody MRO Continues On Even Keel 
Narrowbody maintenance will be driven by the Boeing 737 over the next three years.
On-Wing Software Mods Gain In Popularity 

Software upgrades, for the most part, are now an on-wing proposition. But, as Mitch Klink of the Avionics Maintenance Conference explains, all software modifications—and the media/hardware to transfer them—should conform to the baseline version of the Arinc 615 protocol to allow the use of portable data-loaders for on-wing applications. He cautions that, often when these upgrades are performed on-wing, the LRUs containing the new software versions become non-interchangeable with the LRUs containing the previous software versions.

 
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