4 Shipping Tips To Save You Money On Aircraft Maintenance Planning

4 Shipping Tips To Save You Money On Aircraft Maintenance Planning

If you could start saving 25% of your maintenance costs right now, don’t you think you’d implement a change to make that happen?

Well, look no further, because I have a solution for you to reduce your wasteful spending around your aircraft maintenance planning initiatives.

7 Aircraft Consumable Secrets Every Buyer Should Know

7 Aircraft Consumable Secrets Every Buyer Should Know

Have you been AOG for bolts? What about bearings and wire?

You live in a world where fast paced and stress is how you get things done.

And since your product is flying close to the speed of sound, fast paced is an understatement.

Grounded aircraft and poor planning are a sure shot to lose money.

5 High Impact Benefits Of VMI That Will Cut Your Freight Costs Immediately

5 High Impact Benefits Of VMI That Will Cut Your Freight Costs Immediately

Do you purchase expendable and consumable material from international partners? 

If you're like most airlines, MROs, lessors and militaries we work with, your answer is…YES! Duh!

By sourcing material from overseas partners, you’re trying to control total material costs and increase reliability.

Consolidating: The Best Purchasing Trick You Should Use Immediately

Consolidating: The Best Purchasing Trick You Should Use Immediately

Do you like saving money? What if you could save more time and money right now. With one simple trick. You’d jump all over the chance. As a procurement professional, your goal is to save time and money. However, you’re frustrated. You deal with so much. There’s not enough time in the day. The demands on your operation are strong. From sourcing, procuring, chasing, and resolving problems, it’s tough.

10 Critical Signs You Need a Vendor Managed Inventory

10 Critical Signs You Need a Vendor Managed Inventory

You need a change. What you’re doing isn’t working. Things aren’t getting better. You’re more stressed than ever and you want an idea that will give you more of what you need. Time. 

But the real issue is what you’re going to do about it? A vendor managed inventory is a solution that will resolve a lot of your time and cost issues. And, it’s easy to implement. But first, let’s understand some of the issues it’ll help you resolve. 

5 Quick Tips to Purchase Aircraft Material with a Total Cost Mindset

5 Quick Tips to Purchase Aircraft Material with a Total Cost Mindset

Do you purchase your aircraft material based on price? Of course you do. It seems logical. Many purchasing departments do. The better your price the happier you’ll be. But it doesn’t end up that way. 

Price and cost are different. Price is the money coming in, or your direct cost. Cost is the money going out, through your aircraft materials life cycle. As a purchasing professional, it’s important to purchase for total cost of ownership (TCO). It’ll help drive down operational cost, make you and your team more efficient, and give you the opportunity to make good decisions.

Why No One Is Listening To You


How does it feel, being ignored? You pick up the phone and get voicemail. You email and get no reply back. You text only to be ignored. In the world of fast paced jets, communication moves at the speed of idle dirt. Dealing with aircraft maintenance supply chain partners is a chore.

No One ListeningIt's like babysitting a child that doesn't listen.

Nowadays, we have social communication mediums like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and the ancient phone, text and email. Yet, listening and communication skills are at an all time low. It's a mind numbing epidemic.

So why are people not listening to you? Why does it seem like nobody cares?

It's Not A You Problem, It's a Who Problem

When supply chain partners don't actively engage you in a conversation, it's not a you problem, it's a who problem.

It's very common to have a need and to have to pull teeth to work through a problem and find a solution. The person you should be relying on most is out to lunch with their phone turned off. They say "I-care-a-lot-about-you" but actions speak louder than words.

I'll give you a quick checklist to identify the who problem:

  • They don't reply to your email for hours
  • You don't have a cell phone number for them
  • You leave voicemails and they never return your call
  • You leave voicemails and it takes days to get a call back
  • They don't accept your social media requests so you can build trust a rapport with them
  • They are hard to find on the internet
  • You have no way to text them
  • They're never on Skype
  • They don't have Whatsapp
  • You can't call them after hours or on the weekends
  • Every time you talk to them it always sounds like they have something more important to do

This is why we have 24/7 dedicated Account Managers.

You can contact them personally any time you want. People who we can create the greatest value for and who benefits from our solutions has entire access to their Account Manager. It's about creating a "WOW" experience.

When you're not being heard and you identify it's a who problem, look at your options and figure out another way.

The Downfall of Demands

Another big issue it the constant pressure of demands, it could be you doing the demanding or the other party.

Constant demands will have the other party running. Communicating and listening together is entirely different.

Here's a great example. We had a new customer contact us and every time we engaged them in a solution for their rotable RFQ needs, they would demand a "cheaper" price. It was never good enough and pretty soon we became disengaged. With the prices we were quoting they got 100% logistical support, 24/7 access to a dedicated Account Manager and unparalleled service.

They know that they can trust us and we do as we say. There's no having to babysit us. In this particular situation it was a matter of $100 that they demanded we come down to. It was a constant demand of lowering prices and a constant demand of shipping things faster than agreed upon.

Every time we worked with this client it was a demand. It was never collaborative.

Are demands sometime necessary? Yes, of course, but doing more demanding and less communication and collaborating gets most people nowhere.

Listening is much more productive than talking and it's a critical flaw in a lot of supply chain partners communication style. Know the who and watch out for the constant demands.

Do you feel like your constantly ignored? Do your supply chain partners have a listening problem? Well fear no more my friend. Fill out the form below and let's show you how good listening skills is done.

Your $500 Aircraft Component Shipping Mistake Costs You More Than You Think

You experience $500 shipping mistakes every day. Your $500 Aircraft Component Shipping Mistake Costs You More Than You Think

It’s not a large sum of money but when you multiply $500 by the amount of shipments you have, WOW! The amount of money wasted on shipping is crazy. Ludicrous I tell you.

Whether it’s from Singapore, Rio De Janeiro, Amman, or London, when you order 20 parts from 20 different companies you pay 20 different freight bills. It’s as simple as that, no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. Pure logic. Pure expense. Pure waste.

There’s no revolutionary formula and my future isn’t as a math teacher but I do know we often forget about the true costs of our decisions.

Think about it.

At a minimum you’ll spend $100 for each shipment. But let’s dig a little deeper and say the maximum you would spend is $500. Not a huge freight bill. The problems occur with volume. It’s the power of compounding. If you order 20 parts from 20 different sources you’re spending $2,000 - $10,000 in freight bills.

Expensive indeed! The decisions you make about shipping directly affect your operating income. Most decisions are made in a reactive state, but the true value is through a proactive solution.

Let’s dig into that.

Spending 20X more than you have to on shipping

The middle of your supply chain is complicated. With aircraft component partners located all over the world and your aircraft MRO 2,000km north or south, your supply chain is worldwide. There’s a lot of variables between the aircraft components you need and the aircraft they must be installed on.

There’s also many decisions to be made. Who do I procure from? Are they a reliable and trusted partner? Do I need 1 part or 50? How should I ship these? Should I consolidate? When will I need these rotables and consumables at my maintenance check?

The questions don’t stop. In order for you to reduce your operating expenditure, you have to think about strategic ways to cut unnecessary costs.

Yes, you could beat up your aircraft component supplier on price, but over time that only gets you cheap parts, cheap service, and more problems.

The true value comes from the proactive solutions I keep mentioning. One of these is being more thoughtful of your shipping costs.

Shipping costs are eating away at your operating budget

This week we had a very good client get into a frenzy about a $5,000 shipping charge. She was shipping 1,200 kilos through a terrible freight forwarder. Remember I mentioned cheap service? I mean, these people were beyond ridiculous. And they were sneaky, which is even worse.One of the items was  HAZMAT. This silly freight forwarder was charging the entire 1,200 kilos as HAZMAT and it affected the freight bill by $1,000. So our client  was essentially paying $1,000 more than she had to.

The moral of the story is, the decisions you make on how you ship affects everything.

In this story it’s about trusting your freight forwarder partner to not price gouge you after they quote you a low freight cost. In other scenarios it’s about making a conscious effort to consolidate and save.

You’ll go from shipping 20 items from 20 different people with 20 different freight invoices, to 20 items from 1 person with 1 freight invoice. It’s streamlined and focused. It get’s even better if you deeply trust and respect this one person. Trust goes a long way.

Once you decide to $ave By Consolidating and focus on an efficient procurement strategy, you’ll begin to save thousands of dollars on wasted freight costs.

P.S. Our Aircraft Maintenance Program is designed by experts in creating efficient solutions for long list requirements. We utilize our $ave By Consolidating process to provide you with rotables, expendables, and consumables, in an efficient and cost effective manner. We also utilize our logistics program to streamline the entire supply chain to you. Interested? Fill out the form below.

6 Essentials For Every HAZMAT Shipment

What’s worse than an AOG? I’ll tell you what.


It’s dealing with an aircraft parts supplier who has no idea what to do. Even if they specialize in consumable distribution. Scary.

Yes, they might be certified (make sure they are) to ship HAZMAT, but are they competent enough to work with you?

This may sound a little harsh, but it’s true.

We’ve all dealt with our fair share of clowns. Ouch! [CLICK TO TWEET]

They cost you more time and money than you and I care to admit.

A few things to be aware of when purchasing aircraft HAZMAT consumables

Speaking of clown (the amazing, superstar kind), Colin our Skylink TV personality is going to share some tips with you.

These key essentials to every HAZMAT shipment could be the thing that causes your order to be delayed.

Or even hit the AOG status!

When you purchase HAZMAT material, make sure your partner knows a thing or two about shipping consumables.

As Colin said, the biggest thing to be aware of is who you're working with.

If you can’t reach your account manager 24/7 and they aren't there to resolve any problems that arise...move on.

Have you had problems with HAZMAT shipments? Are you in dire need of a HAZMAT logistical overhaul? Comment below.

A Secret Shipping Method To Save You Thousands

Do you know what a properly shipped aircraft part looks like? save-thousand-dollars-on-shipment

Of course you think you do.

There has been many instances where we've received aircraft parts to our facility for repair and they weren't packaged correctly.

Or maybe you received a package and thought to yourself, “what baboon packed this box?”

Between you and me, I've thought this as well.

The parts experience more damage in transit, with thousands of dollars in increased repair costs to show for it.

A simple way to ship your aircraft part

At Skylink, we have a simple rule when we ship your parts.

We call it the fist rule.

You can learn more about it in this weeks video:

Packing your parts might cost a little more and yes, you may spend some more time, but in the long run it’ll save you thousands in freight damages.

And have you ever tried submitting an insurance claim?

Not fun.

Whether you utilize our shipping service or ship your parts to us for repair, make sure the fist rule is implemented in your shipping procedure.

Do you use the fist rule when you ship? Have you experienced damages to your aircraft parts in transit? Comment below.