Happy National Aviation Day 2015

What are you waiting for? Get up and celebrate...it's National Aviation Day. National Aviation Day

Our friends over at Wikipedia explain the meaning of  National Aviation Day:

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"The National Aviation Day (August 19) is a United States national observation that celebrates the development of aviation.

The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday to be National Aviation Day (Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years). The proclamation was codified (USC 36:I:A:1:118), and it allows the sitting US President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. Their proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation."



In The News: Revolutionary Aircraft 'Fly-Bag' Limits On Board Explosion and United Airlines Hands Out Million-Mile Bug Bounty

Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact


A new system to resist terrorist bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been tested in dramatic experiments. A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions. Read more here.

Article By: David Shukman Science editor

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United Airlines Pays Man A Million Miles For Reporting Bug

TWO MONTHS AFTER United Airlines launched a bug-bounty program to reward researchers who report flaws in the company’s web site and apps, a researcher has received 1 million air miles in the first reward given. Check out story here.

Article By: Kim Zetter

Inside Skylink with Bashaar Zainal



Where are you from?

I was born in Miami and raised in Tampa my entire childhood. My mother comes from a spanish background from Ecuador and my father is from Kuwait City, Kuwait. I currently reside in Orlando, FL. Can’t seem to leave the state. I think the sunny weather is addicting.

What brought you to Skylink?

Skylink was an easy choice for me because they deal with the aviation business, something that I am incredibly fond of. They also have worked with my previous institution, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical. It was a great fit for me as I naturally gravitated towards this company and I couldn’t be happier. They have welcomed me with open arms in their family owned business that has been running strong for the past twenty five years.

What do you love about aviation?

I love aviation as a whole because I grew up with it. I use to travel as a child back and forth across the world to see family in South America and the Middle East. I have been through more terminals than I can count. It has a nostalgic grasp on me that I can’t shake. I use to press my face and hands on the terminal windows to get a closer look as planes took off in the night sky. Some kids grow up with dinosaurs, cars or legos. I grew up with Aviation.

Who is your hero? Why?1919030_351539712390_2629552_n

This might sound a bit geeky, but my hero is The Incredible Hulk. He does things that I wish I could do sometimes. Smash things when he's angry, be a green monster (green is my favorite color by the way), and jump 3 metric miles with a single leap. There is no such thing as gas expenses for The Hulk, but I’m sure he makes up for it buying multiple pairs of purple shorts.

What is your favorite book?

Not too sure if this would really count, but I am more into comics. I am still a kid at heart so I love the action and illustrations that a comic book can depict. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good book. The most recent book I read through was Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. With the new Jurassic World adaptation coming out in the next couple weeks, I want to make sure I get the full story of why dinosaurs think humans are a good meal.

What inspires you?

Inspiration is more of a when than a what. I believe that certain events in my life inspire me to do things and come up with great ideas. But what really inspires me is the stars and our universe in the sky. Billions of stars with another billion of galaxies to show for it. It really makes me think of what possibilities there are in the sky as well as for me.


3 Random Factoids

What’s your favorite drink currently in your fridge?

Lindemans Raspberry Framboise

What’s a tool or trick you use to make life easier?

One of the best tricks I have learned is how to prevent tearing up when cutting up an onion. If you lay a piece of bread next to the onion while slicing and dicing, the bread will absorb the aroma and take the hit so you are free of waterworks.

If you were a superhero, what would be your name and superpower?

Being a superhero comes with some major responsibilities. But if I had a shot of being a superhero, I would like to be named Super Dj. Dj has been my nickname since a kid. It was the easiest solution since not everyone had the gift of saying my name right. And being in the aviation business, my super power would be flight. Who would't like to fly?

In The News: Air Force Rebuilds C130 Wings, The Rebirth Of The Middle Seat, And The Reason Behind The Window Hole

aviation news Air Force Rebuilds The Wings Of A C130

Watch this video of the United States Air Force completely rebuilding the wings on a C130 Hercules. Click here for the original video.

Original video by The United States Air force


The Rebirth Of Sitting In The Middle seat

Thompson Aero Seating has re-invented the middle seat. No longer will passengers have to fight over who gets the window or isle seat. This is truly an amazing design. Check it out here!

Original article by Erika Owen


The Reason Behind The Small Hole In Airplane Windows Revealed

I know every time I have sat in a window seat, at some point during the flight that tiny hole comes into my view. I always wondered what it was there for, but never took the time to read about it. Click here to find out what it does!

Original article by Robbie Gonzalez

27 Reasons Why We Love Aviation

The lives we live are vastly different than what most people are use to. We live and breathe aviation. We love the products, we love the people, and we love the challenges. Here is a very short list of why we love this industry:

  1. Aviation never sleeps. Which in a weird way is...awesome?
  2. We have our own language, like AOG. If someone doesn't know what it means they belong on another planet.
  3. We have our own Aviation Alphabet:

Aviation Alphabet

4. If you don't know Alpha, Bravo, Charlie please don't talk to us. 5. You critique every airline's operational efficiency. 6. We get to meet so many great people from various cultures and backgrounds. 7. We oddly love the smell of aircraft tires. 8. Jet fuel smells like roses. 9. Some of us have experienced bouts of Skydrol on the wrong parts of our body. Burn! Wash your hands people. 10. Most take flying for granted, we don't. 11. Serenity is achieved 30,000ft above. 12. Jon Ostrower

13. We can touch any continent in a days time. 14. We work with the smartest people and products outside of Silicone Valley. 15. The supply chain is complicated. 16. The challenge is fun. 17. Aviation brings people from varying backgrounds to work together. 18. Ben Kepes

19. Overcoming an AOG can save thousands of dollars for our partners. 20. Watching planes takeoff and land is therapeutic. 21. The sky is no longer the limit. 22. We wake up early to work on these: Craig

23. The toys are awesome. 24. The tools we use beat the cheap car junk. 25. You can hold a $150,000 component in your hand and it's not a diamond. 26. The scenery always changes.


27. Lives are at stake and quality is paramount.


In The News: Flying More Economical Than Driving, BER Parts To Art, And A Personal 747 Manson


 Flying Is More Economical Than Driving

It is official that flying is more efficient than driving a car. Moving one person 1 mile consumes 2,465 BTU's in a plane, VS. 4,211 BTU's in a car. Click here to read more.

Original article by Shane Ferro


Turn Your BER Parts Into Art

You probably have a warehouse full of BER aircraft parts that are useless.  Well why not dress up your office with some of those old parts. Click here to get some ideas. I like number 9 the best!

Original article by Julian on Business Pundit


Boeing 747 Refit To Be Personal Plane

We all wonder what it would be like to be wealthy and buy anything we wanted. Well check out what this mystery man did to a 747 he turned into a flying 400 million dollar home! Check it out here.

Original article by Hugo Gye

In The News: Star Wars Themed Plane, Re-designed Interiors, And A Revolutionary Airplane Toilet

  Industry News: Star Wars Themed Plane, Re-designed Interiors, And A Revolutionary Airplane Toilet

Star Wars Themed Airplane

All Nippon and The Walt Disney Company have teamed up to create a one of a kind Star Wars airplane, check it out here!

Original Article by Kevin Polowy


The Future Of Flying For Passengers

Each year cabin interiors get more and more comfortable for the passengers. This year Boeing and Airbus came out with designs for a few modifications that look amazing! Click here for the original post.

Original Article by Mark Wilson


Zodiac Has Revolutionized The Airplane Toilet

Usually toilets aren't very exciting but Zodiac has changed the game. These changes will actually benefit aircraft mechanics more than anyone, in turn saving maintenance teams time and money. Click here for the original post.

Original Article by Marisa Garcia

Aviation News: Emirates In Orlando, Orient Thai's Safe Landing, TSA Screening List


In the news: Emirates arriving In Orlando!

Emirates 777-300ER Air to Air

Just last week we got some wonderful news that our Orlando International family is growing!

Emirates will begin flying a daily route from Orlando International Airport non stop to Dubai starting on September 1, 2015.

Frank kruppenbacher stated that this move will have about 100 million dollar economic impact on Central Florida.

The president of Emirates Sir Tim Clark had this to say in a recent press release, “Orlando is one of the world’s premier leisure and conference destinations, a dynamic business centre and a destination which Emirates has long wished to serve,” Additionally, “As a growing region, we believe that our service will facilitate further growth for both Orlando as well as central Florida by connecting the city with our global network of 145 destinations across 80 countries; and give customers from Orlando the choice of flying Emirates whilst experiencing our award-winning in flight product and service.”

For obvious reasons this is huge news for us, and we hope you are as excited as we are!

Original post by Richard Bilbao

Additional news: Orient Thai's flight makes emergency landing

We were worried for a moment, but happy to hear that our friends at Orient Thai are all safe.  A flight en route to Chengdu from Phuket had to make an emergency landing after the plane rapidly lost altitude. Oxygen masks were deployed, but the plane landed safely and there were no major injuries.

Original post by Chris Kitching

More news: TSA’s list of suspicious behavior comes out

As It turns out being randomly selected isn't always so random. They do in fact have a list of “suspicious activities” to look out for, all of which are attached to a point system. Get yourself too many points, and you could land  in a screening room. But this is a good thing that our TSA security is watching out for us, just don't be to fidgety or  be whistling next time you’re going through security!

Orginal post by Josh Hicks


How Aviation Affects Your Home Life & How To Manage It

Commercial aviation! An industry that never sleeps and when it doesn't sleep, neither do you. It’s a constant sleep with one eye open moment. How Aviation Affects Your Home Life & How To Manage It

AOGs, failed components, vendor issues, you name it, you deal with it. It’s an ever revolving cycle of important and urgent.

The constant demand of aviation inevitably trickles into your personal life. Your life at home. Your life on the weekend. 24 hours, 365 days a year.

Yet we LOVE this industry. We are able to hug a loved one living 6,000mi away in under 24 hours. Such a marvel that's unachievable without amazing, hard working people to support it.

As amazing as this feat is, it’s stressful trying to keep up with the high, 24/7 demands. A stress that inevitably affects your life at home. Or maybe you're even asking, what life at home?

That leads me to a perfect story. In Q1 we had several airline partners that got stationed in another country to oversee their aircraft C checks. One in Jordan, the other in China. These projects took them away from home, for 45 - 60 days. During this time, we stayed available 24/7 to help support them. Even our VP had to deal with certain activities late on weekends and during his business travels abroad, not to mention the daily late night calls. Everybody involved worked 24/7 with the pressure felt every day. But who more than our partners who got pulled from their families and stationed in another country for months.

But that’s what it takes and that’s why we love it.

The world of commercial aviation is growing. It won’t stop. Well, until we can teleport to another country or a drone picks us up and drops us off. But for now, airlines are the key to global transcendence.

Aviation affects your home life and always will

Since you work in aviation you bring your work home. No need to guess, I know it. Your cell phone is tied to your hip and the calls and emails never stop.

The 5 top things I hear from my airline peers on how aviation affects their lives are:

  1. AOGs keep them awake at night. Losing sleep or being woke up in the middle of the night is common.
  2. Unpredictability keeps them on edge.
  3. International support makes them have to manage different time zones.
  4. Constant pressure of prices, lead times, and quality.
  5. They often feel they have to babysit support partners.

You love this industry and so do I. Managing your home life and aviation is possible. You’ll never stop the collisions of work and home, but you definitely can manage the stress that goes along with it.

Manage your home life

One of the biggest triggers on why aviation affects your home life is how you manage stress. The second trigger is that you’re relying on the wrong people to support you. The third trigger is the strategies you currently use are not supporting you efficiently enough.

Stress isn’t a bad thing. It keeps you on your toes and agile. It’s the chronic stress that you bring home that affects your life the most. It reduces your energy, hurts your brain's performance, and makes you miserable. Nothing to brag about. We’ve talked about stress in detail before. The first step you need to take is by getting your stress under control. It’ll help you make better decisions and give you the energy you need to perform in this never idle industry.

Who do you surround yourself with? Are your partners after your money or there to create valuable solutions? Answering these questions is important. The people you rely on the most  may not be the best for your situation. They could even add more stress and chaos to your life than you need. Sit back in your chair and think about the people you work with daily. Colleagues, suppliers, and MROs. Is there people who create more stress for you than others? Their job is to help create solutions. If you find they create more problems, figure out a way to replace them and surround yourself with people who create “wow” experiences.

The strategy trigger is the most difficult one as it relies on big change. A good example is from one of our airline partners. They fly at high altitude and approach landing over a mountain. This puts constant demand on their aircraft so AOGs are frequent. Their past strategy was buying AOG components as needed.  They relied on their leasing partner to provide the spares, yet 2 countries away they only took their money and provided no solution to reduce their AOGs. This didn’t help anyone's stress levels. A better solution we proposed was through our pooling strategy. We would guarantee stock for AOG, no-go components 24/7. They no longer had to “wait” for AOG support. They also didn’t have to tie up cash into supporting their own costly inventory. A simple win/win that nearly eliminated the primary stresses because a trusted partner  understood them and the value they needed. Look into your own strategy and think of the problems you currently have. Can they be resolved another way? Can you rely on a trusted partner to help you achieve this?

These are all very important questions to answer.

Aviation will continue to affect your home life, but it’s how you manage the two that will create the happiness you so well deserve.

Reduce your stress, surround yourself with good people, and take on value based solutions.

P.S. We understand the value you deserve which is why we are on a mission to create “WOW” experiences. The programs we offer here are to make your life easier. Fill out the form below and one of our top notch team members will be in touch immediately.

Why Your Material Assets Eat Away At Your Bottom Line

Not long ago having a lot of inventory common. It was "smart", right and the industry norm. You had something when you needed it...if you ever needed it.

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I used to think this way as well.

I'd wake up every morning, sip on my coffee, and wonder how I was going to keep plenty of stock. Always. But then one morning I woke up and the coffee smacked me clear across the face.

We opened up various airline and MRO client financials and calculated furiously, Albert Einstein style. I tend to think him and I as one of the same, but anyway...

The financials argued against everything that was industry norm. Insurance premiums continued to soar, warehousing and distribution costs were at an all-time high, and overhead was out of control.

Carrying costs were clearly not in the best interest of our airline and MRO clients. 

Are you losing your ass-ets?

Inventory is necessary but excess is a sin.

Excess is overspent, unwanted surplus that you have no control over. It’s a blood sucking insect that is more of a pain than it is a benefit.

According to "Production Spare Parts: Optimizing the MRO Inventory Asset" they state some sobering facts:

  • In a typical production plant, about 30 percent of the spare parts sitting on shelves are unnecessary.
  • More than 60 percent of all stocked spare parts have not been used in three years.
  • About 35 percent of all spare parts are critical to operations and not easily attainable with short lead time.
  • Between 10 and 20 percent of the parts account for 80 percent of the total inventory value.
  • Annual carrying costs associated with spare parts is between 20 and 25 percent, meaning the cost to a company of every spare part stocked doubles in four to five years.

Manage your assets the right way

Finding ways to avoid carrying costs is easy, but implementing them is a chore. 

It takes a planned strategy and proper support.

Here are a few ways we recommend for you to manage your aircraft assets and bottom line:

1) Streamlined Distribution: Procurement for aircraft checks will encounter bottlenecks. Talk with your trusted material advisers during this process and organize maintenance check material distribution strategy.

2) Vendor Managed Inventory: The JIT strategy benefits are low inventory, low wastage, high-quality production, and increased up-time. It reduces carrying costs and the effort into having to repurchase common material.

3) Repair management: Recycling your inventory through MROs is mandatory but dealing with the mess having to manage MROs is another story. A repair management program will do all the work for you. It'll save you a lot of money on freight and processing costs. 

4) Asset management: Whether you have surplus or you're slowly building the unwanted dust an asset management program will help you liquidate your surplus material. You'll recapture the lost capital tied up into your inventory. Or if you have an end of life aircraft consign it to a reliable party so they can tear it down and sell the assets. You'll have thousands of profitable spare parts generating revenue for you while keeping a depreciable asset.

Focus on stocking enough for minimum requirements and adopting new strategies for streamlined distribution. You owe it to your  bottom line. And stop losing your ass-ets. 

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