Pulling a component from your aircraft early costs you thousands of dollars and hours of time. It’s frustrating. It’s infuriating. It’s stressful. Your first instinct it’s to “blame” the maintenance professionals who repair these components. That would make it a lot easier if it were always correct. But, it’s not reality. As an operation, you must first acknowledge that you’ll own a part that becomes a rogue or chronic unit.
I was on the phone with a supplier and wanted to argue with him. It took immense self-control.
We needed an actuator for a maintenance project, so I called the supplier for a quote.
The actuator cost between $15,000 to $25,000 depending on the condition.
He had one serviceable (SV) and overhauled (OH) unit.
He asked me what condition I preferred. I told him it depends on the tag date, but I prefer overhauled.
In a quick reply, he said he had both, but he’ll quote SV as why would I pay for OH when SV costs less.
In 2019, there's 985 active DHC8 aircraft in the world, with a yearly total component demand of $518,244,375.
That's $526,136.42 of components needed per aircraft per year, or $43,844.70 per month.
How will you reduce your total material costs and the time you spend planning for all this material?
Legend has it that a great commander once burned the ships of his fleet to ensure they had no choice but to fight an insurmountable foe. While they no-doubt felt plenty of fear, they had no choice but to face it.
A key factor in completing your aircraft material projects on time is ditching an irrational fear of asking for help.
As a supply chain professional, with a high volume of various tasks, being organized is exactly what you need.
If you don’t, orders will get lost, the material won’t arrive on time, you’ll waste hours of your week, and your operations total material costs will begin to rise.
If you’re in a situation where you’re sourcing aircraft material and processing purchase orders daily, here are some quick tips to help you get organized.
Does it ever feel like you've hit a wall in your attempts to receive better maintenance material support? I suggest that it's time to take a look at what you do regularly that's holding you back. There is a shortcut, a simple hack to be able to get more done, and I'm going to reveal it to you now.
It’s not the price you pay, how business savvy you are, or how excellent your negotiation skills are. This is the MOST IMPORTANT skill you need when purchasing aircraft parts.
It’s best practice to know how much shelf life remaining your o-rings have as you purchase them. To do this, you need to know the type of elastomer used in the gaskets. Once you have that, you can then quickly determine the o-rings shelf life.
Do you waste hours of your time sending and processing RFQs? This is TIME you’ll never get back! Read this post and we’ll share with you simple ways to source your next aircraft part requirements.
You sit there staring at your computer screen.
This brief pause helps you from pulling out your hair and screaming.
Dealing with stress at work is feels like a gentle punch to the face and a knee to the stomach. It hurts. It’s painful. And it leaves a bruise.
Each stressful blow knocks you down. Some days it’s hard to get back up.
In the world of aircraft maintenance, it’s AOGs, order issues and unreliable vendors. Or maybe it’s your boss putting piles of paperwork on your desk.