Jerome Greer Chandler

Jerome Greer Chandler
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Southwest Airlines Quickens Parts Flow In Bid To Reduce Inventory 5-7% 

In the aircraft parts world, speed matters. If properly applied, it reduces inventory, saves money and assures components are where they need to be when they are needed. The trick is flowing those parts through the system more quickly.

That is the aim of Southwest Airlines’ recently initiated “Project Velocity,” an effort that promises a 5-7% reduction in per-aircraft parts inventory, according to Peter Requa, director of supply chain management. “We expect to take our per-aircraft inventory down from $650,000 . . . to $610,000 or $600,000,” he says.

Southwest Lowers Inventory Via Shipping Process 

In the aircraft parts world, speed matters. If properly applied, it reduces inventory, saves money and assures components are where they need to be when they are needed. The trick is flowing those parts through the system more quickly.

That is the aim of Southwest Airlines' recently initiated “Project Velocity,” an effort that promises a 5-7% reduction in per-aircraft parts inventory, according to Peter Requa, director of supply chain management. “We expect to take our per-aircraft inventory down from $650,000 . . . to $610,000 or $600,000,” he says.

Line Maintenance Providers Starting To Integrate Mobile Digital Devices 

What started in the cockpit and on the hangar floor is now touching the tarmac, making its presence felt in line maintenance and ground operations. The migration of mobile information technology is something short of a torrent, but “I think it’s going to accelerate very quickly,” says Freelon Hunter, Boeing’s director of fleet and maintenance solutions for Commercial Aviation Services.

The use of mobile devices has grown 100% in the space of a year and he contends that within five years “a standard part of the mechanic’s tool [kit] will be a mobile device.”

Digital Devices Moving To Line Maintenance 

What started in the cockpit and on the hangar floor is now touching the tarmac, making its presence felt in line maintenance and ground operations. The migration of mobile information technology is something short of a torrent, but “I think it's going to accelerate very quickly,” says Freelon Hunter, Boeing's director of fleet and maintenance solutions for Commercial Aviation Services.

Commercial Jet Moves Into Dothan For Overflow Work
Commercial Jet just moved into Pemco World Air Services’ former complex at Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama, which will serve as an “overflow facility” for its Miami MRO operations.
Parting Out Becoming A Booming Sector Of The Airline Industry 

Airlines can save significantly by mining the parts aftermarket, and the avenues that beget those savings just keep getting wider.

Seat Cover Strategy Helps Streamline Lease Returns 

Lease returns have a tendency to generate a lot of angst. There are myriad things to check, including big objects like airframes and powerplants, and less obvious items such as lowly seat covers and cushions.

In-Demand Parts: Price Rules
Airlines can save significantly by mining the parts aftermarket, and the avenues that beget those savings just keep getting wider.
Test Equipment Investment Climbs For New Avionics 
Wedged between customer demands for tighter turn times and competition from original equipment manufacturers, independent avionics and component shops are being squeezed to perform as never before.
Brake For Safety 

Think “brake container” and safety might not be one's first consideration. Perhaps it should be.

Extricating aircraft brakes from traditional containers entails lots of tugging and plenty of manhandling. That's because “the brake lies horizontally,” says Ron Miller. He chairs the Joint Air Transport Safety Committee at the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. He estimates, depending on the aircraft, those brakes weigh 100-400 lb.

Arrivals Synchronization Begets Self-Help For Airlines 

Even as carriers await the full flowering of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System and Eurocontrol's Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) effort, a purely intra- and inter-airline arrivals synchronization technology is racking up solid savings for one major carrier.

Lighting Upgrade Pays Off 

The kind of precision maintenance, repair and overhaul practiced by Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services at its Richmond, British Columbia, facility demands precise, plentiful interior illumination. It doesn't hurt to cut the light bill either.

Spare Parts Pricing And Availability Showing Volatility
How much longer will young aircraft fetch higher prices for their parts than as whole airplanes?
Technology Driving Competence Beyond Regulatory Requirements
New technology and methods forge a template for future training, but challenges and cost concerns remain.
U.S. Legacy Carriers Strike Fleet Update Balance
One goal: a consistent passenger experience across aircraft types.
 
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