Airframe heavy maintenance is perhaps the most identifiable element of the sprawling commercial aftermarket. Hangars for aircraft overhauls are seen by passengers landing at most major airports, while images of aircraft clad in gantries and mechanics are among the most widely used in the technical press. But despite that, base maintenance checks are something of an anomaly, with demand for them predicted to grow at a much slower rate than the wider MRO industry. The airframe heavy ...

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