Part number. Search. Mass RFQ. Repeat. By following this method, you’re leaving time and money on the table. Once you implement a few simple tips, you’ll streamline your APU sourcing process, making it more efficient, because at the end of the day you care about results.
You’re leaving time and money on the table if you only focus on the technical details and price, here’s why…
If you have an aircraft or do maintenance on one, there’s one thing for sure; you’ll need an APU.
According to Aviation Week, the world fleets will need $4,059,422,121 worth of total MRO demand for all APUs in 2018.
That’s a 4 with a B. Billion!
At Skylink, we’ve seen an increase in aircraft APU replacement and repairs for our clients. Maybe you too have an upcoming APU need.
A good material game plan will have you reaping the rewards. Here’s how…
The average Boeing 737 c-check costs $32.18 per flight hour, according to Aviation Week benchmarks.
Keep in mind; there’s a wide cost range between models. Older models are nearly double the costs at $52.82 per flight hour.
With an average annual aircraft utilization of 2,742, the math is simple.
We've all been there when the dreaded phone begins to ring. You anxiously wait as you look at the caller id.
A brief thought comes to mind, should I pick it up? Or should I let it go to voice-mail?
You ponder the thought of ignoring it.
Instead, you cautiously pick up the phone.
It’s your boss, the VP of Maintenance and Engineering, and he’s unhappy about the current spending.
He’s beginning to feel the pressure from your CFO.
Repair costs have doubled and they're now taking more time to process, meaning more people must get involved.
Your aircraft is in the hangar. The clock is ticking. Tic. Toc. Tic. Toc.
Each second that passes, your stress builds. It’s a lot of pressure. From the 50 - 150 rotables, expendables, and consumables you need to sourcing, processing, chasing, and tracking. It’s all on you. What are you going to do about it?
Without a plan, you’ll be sure to waste time and money. And maybe from the experience, you’ll get a nice little ulcer as a trophy of how stressed you were.
I’ve been fortunate to be a part of hundreds, if not thousands of maintenance check projects.
Over the years, I’ve noticed a trend. During the maintenance project, there’s always panicked emails and phone calls. Half of the calls are for material that should have been pre-planned.
It’s guaranteed. It’ll happen. Maybe even today.
Maintenance teams wait too long to purchase the material they need. So when they do purchase, they’re in a frantic rush.
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:
- 85 bolts
- 950 pins
- 247 o'rings
- 5 switches
- 6 quarts of sealant
- An occasional rotable
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.
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.”
Sourcing. Is it worth your time? You’re thinking, are you nuts? Of course it is. And you’re right. But, how you source is a much better question than why you source. Let me explain…