Do you purchase aircraft material like it was 1995?
You throw out an offer ($$$), cross your fingers, and hope for the best.
You say to yourself, I know it’s 5% of the quoted price but let’s give it a good ‘ole try.
And try you do...
Is processing your aircraft expendable orders like cleaning a toilet?
It’s messy, time-consuming, and there are more productive things you could be doing.
But whether you like it or not, these low value, high volume items are an important asset to your fleet.
Yet, they take up a ton of time.
The email hits your inbox.
You glance at the subject line and it reads “Need ASAP for XTY-123.”
Maintenance is requesting material for this week’s project.
You anxiously open the document.
It’s expendable and consumable material:
The request is 100 line items.
Some items you’ve never purchased, while others are high volume for you but your inventory level does not meet this maintenance need.
And it’s not that you haven’t done this before.
It’s just damn difficult.
Andres Fabre had a vision. A vision of being the CEO of an airline.
But he wasn’t just born into the role. He had to work hard, create value and transform the people and operations around him.
He started his career in the heat, tossing luggage into carts.
After time, he noticed that wasn’t going to be enough. Not to be CEO. He had to create value for others. He had to WORK faster, harder, and longer.
Andres began to realize something…
Quality Assurance manuals are boring.
Most people skim or skip and don’t read it. And if they’re not reading it…it’s ineffective.
The 100-page document is a snoozefest. A sleeper. A book that’ll knock you out from boredom in 5 seconds.
Care to dare this hypothesis? Test someone. See for yourself.
It’s the cold hard truth. Yell and scream if you’d like. But the document itself isn’t engaging. It’s a sleeper.
It needs help. It requires engaging training and coaching. We’ll dig into this in a minute.
But right now…
Trace and certifications.
Both topics are confusing.
What do you need, with what type of material, and when?
Questions like these flood your brain. And you’re not alone. Many have the same misunderstandings of what is needed and when.
Whether you were born as a Quality Assurance inspector, trained, or were just thrown into purchasing to “figure it out.”
Just like aircraft part trace, knowing what type of certifications you need is downright maddening.
Every operation is different, making QA standards difficult to apply to everyone, in every country, in every operation.
You spend hours sourcing and processing material orders to find out the certifications you received were wrong.
It’s frustrating. And a big contributor to your material processing costs.
To help combat this, let’s define what the various certifications are and some quick tips to use with your trusted material advisor.