Commercial aviation is a creature of cycles, of fiscal thermals thrown off by an ever-changing economy. The people who pilot the spare parts business understand this. They've weathered the rough air, witnessed Braniff, Pan Am and Eastern fall from the heavens. Parts people kept plowing ahead, adjusting to the market through tried-and-true techniques: buying low, selling dear. Then came Sept. 11. Some believe the events of that awful day uncovered, rather than created, changes in the ...


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