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Here's A Quick Way Dash 8 Operators Can Reduce Their Component Spend

Here's A Quick Way Dash 8 Operators Can Reduce Their Component Spend

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?

How You Can Save Time And Money Using These Five Maintenance Check Kits

How You Can Save Time And Money Using These Five Maintenance Check Kits

There’s a secret to keeping your sanity when dealing with maintenance issues.

Ready for it?

Maintenance kits! Typically, the maintenance process looks something like this:

We need 3 c-checks completed. It’s a mad dash through crazy land to get it done (remember that thing about sanity?).

From us to our clients and everyone in between, there was a mass scramble to have the right parts in the right place at the right time.

Everything… and I mean everything… was handled at the very last minute.

The ironic thing is that almost all of this scramble could have been avoided with some foresight in planning and a pre-draw kit.

Here’s How Much Your B737 C-Check Costs Per Flight Hour (Plus How You Can Reduce The Maintenance Cost)

Here’s How Much Your B737 C-Check Costs Per Flight Hour (Plus How You Can Reduce The Maintenance Cost)

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.

5 HUGE REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO OUTSOURCE YOUR C-CHECK MATERIAL

5 HUGE REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO OUTSOURCE YOUR C-CHECK MATERIAL

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.

Why You Need A Pre-draw Kit With Your Next Aircraft Maintenance Project

Why You Need A Pre-draw Kit With Your Next Aircraft Maintenance Project

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.

Maintenance Check Kitting: What It Is, The Benefits, & How To Use It

Maintenance Check Kitting: What It Is, The Benefits, & How To Use It

If you’re not using maintenance check kits you’re missing out on a huge opportunity. An opportunity to save time, money, and even your sanity. It's quite possible you lost that a long time ago. Whatever it is, let me show you how to use maintenance check kits to your advantage.

How To Get Efficient Support For A 50+ Aircraft Part RFQ List

Has your maintenance and engineering team ever sent you a 50 part requisition list? Of course they have. How To Get Efficient Support For A 50+ Aircraft Part RFQ List (1)

These long lists are daunting. You have to review the list, send out RFQs, and then eventually cut POs. It get’s even worse when you try to manage all the POs you’ve cut, making sure the aircraft parts get to you on time and on budget (not just the PO price but the overall cost of the order).

It’s time consuming and stressful.

You start by sending your long aircraft part list to 20+ suppliers. In reality, it makes sense. You test the market and see who has the best price and send POs from there. Right?

No, wrong.

This is inefficient and counterproductive. Sending out the email is the easy part. What happens when you start processing RFQs and sending POs?

Are you going to send POs to 20 different suppliers? If so, your costs now have doubled once you factor in processing and transit costs.

This mindset gets expensive. Sit back and think about it. Really dig deep on all of the cost associated with cutting so many POs.

What if there was a better way? What if you cut 1 PO and saved thousands of dollars on freight and time, and nothing else changed (i.e. delivery time, quality, etc.)?

It’s possible…

Streamline your RFQ process

In an industry where time is money, creating strategies to expedite operational processes is integral to any airlines success.

What if you could send a 50 part list, have it quoted by one supplier in 5 days, and at your facility in another 5 days? Imagine the cost savings associated with this streamlined focus.

Instead of sending out mass emails (I know, I know, this is tough since it’s a way to price market) send out several RFQs to your top suppliers. If they're your top supplier, they’ll be able to support 90% of your RFQ list.

Once you have your quote, you process the order. We like to call this “$ave By Consolidating.” It’s as simple as that.

When you mass email, you receive hundreds of quotes and no quotes that you have to process. Who has the best price, who’s approved, where is it shipping from, who has what, and when can they get it to us? It get’s chaotic fast.

When you process long lists through one trusted supplier you benefit from efficient communication and price conscious consolidations.

Meet my 1 list aircraft part RFQ strategy & it starts with trust

This is the time when you put your trust into an honest partner.

If they haven’t or can’t prove they’ve supported such a long list requirement, I caution you now. Quoting is the easy part. It’s the coordination of having stock availability and close ties with OEM networks and MROs to getting your material on time and on budget.

It’s not your responsibility to play babysitter to 50 suppliers. It’s your responsibility to keep your aircraft in the air, reducing downtime, and increasing up-time.

When a 50 part requirement comes across your desk, do the following:

  1. Send this 50 part list to a trusted partner.
  2. Have them quote it in a timely manner, typically 3 - 5 days for a 50 part list.
  3. Review the quote and notice the lead times. The majority of the spares should ship within 3 - 10 business days depending on the requirement. More rotables might extend lead times if they have to get repaired. But communication is key so tell them your exact requirements.
  4. Cut 95% - 100% of the RFQ list to one trusted partner and let them work their magic.
  5. Upon completion review how they communicated through this process.

Once you receive your material, review their performance. If there was minimal errors and they were super responsive, you found your trusted long list preferred partner.

P.S. We work hundreds of long lists every week and often times they’re apart of our maintenance check program. We are no strangers in coordinating our $ave by consolidating mindset and supporting airlines with 20 - 160 component shipments. We can prove it. Send your list today and start by filling out the below form.