The services of an aviation maintenance service provider are critical to the seamless provision of aircraft operations by commercial and general aviation operators alike. Specialized MRO management companies are facing a surging demand with higher targets for aircraft utilization.
Aviation Repair Maintenance and Overhaul (MRO) continue to grow and thrive in the U.S. and globally. This is very positive and encouraging trend for all constituents in the aviation maintenance industry, from the owners of service providers to the local communities which receive the economic benefit of the work.
The industry is based on a wide range of services, ranging from airframe and power plant maintenance to parts distribution. In this article we will review the critical areas in aviation MRO services and the importance of using professional management.
The Importance of MRO Services:
Irrespective of the location, the facilities and the various other services offered at an airport, the aviation industry greatly depends on ensuring aircraft, whether commercial or general aviation, remain operational. Aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul management pertains to ensuring aircraft remain operational, allowing for the fullest utilization for their owners.
Many commercial airlines and general aviation operators are inclined towards outsourcing various maintenance tasks to specialized companies who provide these services. In order to provide third party maintenance in the U.S., a company must have a Part 145 repair station license issued by the FAA. Additionally, many have capability designations through various Original Equipment Manufacturers or OEMs, which allow them to perform specialized work, such as warranty, in addition to the manufacturer.
The timing and provision of these services are very important as projecting and managing the maintenance schedules determines when a particular aircraft can operate and is available for a certain requirement. With the desire for increasing utilization and yield, aviation maintenance repair service providers are not only a maintenance solution but also an integral part of an operator’s forecasting requirement.
What Services Are Offered?
As MRO service providers continue to add new capabilities and consolidate, there is an increasing need for professional management. Maintenance and repair work is dependent upon varying capabilities across locations which are driven by the demand of the local aircraft population.
Owners and the operators are focused on cost control, quality and minimizing the downtime of their assets. MRO service providers should have the requisite capabilities and authorizations to ensure more services are available to be provided during each maintenance event.
One component of aviation MRO management services is mandatory maintenance that occurs on time-based or activity based intervals. This need for the maintenance and repair services will keep on increasing and as aircraft utilization continues to grow and thus the demand for the companies providing these services will likewise increase. Thus, it is very important for an operator to choose a company that has the required expertise and the experience for meeting the particular MRO requirements of the operator. This increases asset utilization and decreases passenger disruption. Some of the primary services offered are:
- Airframe maintenance
- Power plant or engine MRO
- Parts distribution
- Aircraft interior installations and refurbishing
The market for aircraft MRO has grown in the last few years even as the industry supply continues to consolidate. There are considerable signs of growth ahead with projected increasing demand forecast in the upcoming decade.
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