October 2015


The art of keeping older aircraft flying


Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Ronaldsway Aircraft Company managing director Nigel Brown looks at the supply chain issues in being able to respond to demand for ‘older’ spares and repairs.

The ‘spares and repairs’ supply chain will become significant revenue generator for the aerospace industry in the next few years. The continuing growth in air travel and the extension of aircraft life will inevitably lead to more aircraft flying for longer. Consequently the industry will need suppliers that can manufacture complex components in very small volumes. But will this create issues for the supply chain?

The larger component suppliers have focused on delivering the most cost effective solutions for the production volumes of a given component. This has been instrumental in driving new manufacturing technology and quite often a high degree of automation. Supplying spares when the component is still in manufacture is not the issue; the real…

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