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Ray Valeika

Ray Valeika
Articles
Opinion: Where The Aftermarket Is Going 
Could a Silicon Valley company, Google or Amazon create a coherent aviation aftermarket network?
Standardization: Simple Answer To Complex Challenge 
To realize the full potential of big data for MRO, providers must standardize data reporting formats.
Big Data Analytics Raise Questions For Airlines 
The technology tipping point has landed in the airline world.
Opinion: ‘Big Data’ From Aircraft? Great. But For What? 35
The technology generating vast quantities of data from new aircraft is well ahead of coherent plans for how to use that information.
Opinion: Airline Safety Procedures Must Meet Digital Age Updates
We must be even more vigilant, apply intelligent and coherent policies
Viewpoint: Data As A Maintenance Driver
Industry veteran Ray Valeika argues that it is time for data and IT to become the drivers of the future of maintenance.
Is the Sky Falling? 

In reviewing MRO opportunities with clients, I have been puzzled by the dichotomy in the U.S. MRO industry. So, let me ask few questions: Where do we have a surplus of highly skilled and licensed professional AMTs? Where do we have an abundance of very good facilities? Where do we have a very favorable exchange rate? Where do we have a legacy of excellence in aviation maintenance? Where do we have the world's safest air transportation system? Where do we have governmental standards and processes that are accepted worldwide?

The Migration Has Begun, But Where is it Going? 

In 1943, Winston Churchill observed that "the empires of the future will be empires of the mind." Taking liberties with this quote and applying it to aircraft maintenance, perhaps the observation would be "the empires of future aircraft maintenance will be the empires of information." As legacy airlines shrink their in-house maintenance capabilities, the nonairline MRO players have not yet fully grasped the potential opportunity that awaits the first-to-market independent maintenance integrator.

Use Technology, Focus on Safety To Squeeze Costs From Airline Maintenance 

Over the years, we as an industry have freely squandered maintenance resources on non-safety items, thus blurring the line between safety and non-safety. Worse yet, maintenance managers wanting to ensure labor peace have allowed institutionalization of many activities that do not necessarily add to safety. So today, you hear the constant clamor that any reduction in the number of mechanics will lead to a decrease in safety. Lost in the noise is the likelihood that a good deal of the mechanics' efforts do not add one iota to safety.

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