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The civil aviation MRO market place has seen a number of important trends in recent years, which have wide ranging implications for the aviation industry. These cost reduction led innovations include: continued consolidation, a drive towards outsourcing and a steady increase in the use of PMA parts.

These trends have led to much debate about the future of Aircraft Maintenance, and in order to maintain a market lead, companies are turning to reducing costs and streamlining operations to ensure maximum efficiency and reduced down time, whilst maintaining safety and reliability.

Future MRO in Civil Aviation will address the critical issues that are impacting upon MRO today - and indeed in the future. Themes covered will include: outsourcing, consolidation, cost pressure solutions, MRO networks, IT innovation and implementation, third party service provision, new platform challenges, legal issues and effective management of the repair cycle. This year we have assembled another world class line up of speakers in what promises to be one of the most comprehensive MRO conferences ever seen…

An exceptional speaker line up includes:

  • Tony Charaf, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, Delta Air lines
  • Kris Bauer, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, Northwest Airlines
  • Danny Martinez, Vice President, Line Maintenance, American Airlines
  • Vanja Roller, Executive Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering, Croatia Airlines
  • Michael Blyth, Airbus
  • Bruce Hunter, General Manager, Engineering Quality Services, British Airways
  • Robb Baumann, President, HEICO Parts Group, HEICO Aerospace Corporation
  • Lawrence Chan, Ultramain Project Team Leader, Cathy Pacific
  • John Marshall, Director, Maitenance Services, American Airlines
  • Luis Alberto Correa, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, VEM Varig Engineering and Maintenance
  • Andrew Strong, Director, Engineering, Flybe
  • Mike Bell, Group Director, Safety Regulation, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
  • Dr William L Rankin, Lead, Maintenance Human Factors, Boeing
  • Paul Briggs, Joint Head, International Aviation and Aerospace Group, Bird & Bird, and Former Group Legal Director, Finance and Treasury, BAE SYSTEMS
  • Catherine Erkelens, Joint Head, International Aviation and Aerospace Group, Bird & Bird
  • David Stewart, Principle, Aerostrategy
  • Matthew Tobin, Vice President, Mxi Technologies

Benefits of Attending Future MRO in Civil Aviation include:

  • DEVELOP your understanding of cost-control initiatives in MRO
  • GAIN insight into the cost-reduction strategies of major aviation industry players
  • REVIEW your approach to outsourcing, contract management and asset utilisation
  • LEARN from the case studies and experiences of aviation professionals
  • BROADEN your contact base at this focussed networking forum

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ian Harbison

Ian Harbison, Editor, MRO Management

9:10 COMMERCIAL AVIATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Mike Bell

Mike Bell, Group Director, Safety Regulation, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

  • Overview: critical issues in aviation today
  • Low Cost Carriers: safety issues in MRO
  • Air traffic volume and its management
  • The expansion into Eastern Europe and beyond
  • The challenge of integrating new platforms – A380 and B787
  • The future of aviation regulation in Europe
  • 9:50 MRO MARKET ASSESSMENT

    David Stewart

    David Stewart, Principal, AeroStrategy

  • MRO market demand and future growth prospects
  • Key trends impacting the MRO market place including changes in the supply chain, customer needs and technologies
  • The implications for MRO participants: airlines, OEMs and third party MRO suppliers
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

    Catherine Erkelens

    Catherine Erkelens, Joint Head, International Aviation and Aerospace Group, Bird & Bird

  • General overview
  • Role of EASA
  • Rulemaking within the EASA framework
  • Overview of certification and maintenance obligations and procedures
  • International co-operation
  • 11:40 MRO CHALLENGES

    John Laughter

    John Laughter, Vice President, Maintenance Operations, Delta Airlines

  • Understand and focus on your core business and product line
  • Utilize smart implementation of lean tools
  • Take advantage of enterprise planning for success
  • Leverage strategic partnerships
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PMA PARTS: THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY?

    Michael Skinner

    Michael Skinner, Manager, Quality Engineering Operations, British Airways Engineering

  • The history of PMA parts and how they are used
  • The regulatory framework we need to work within
  • How to assess where PMA parts could or should be used
  • The role of testing to ensure the parts are fit for purpose
  • What are the blockers to increasing the use of PMA parts
  • Looking forward, will PMA parts help to deliver a cost effective solution?
  • 14:30 AMERICAN AIRLINES - THE NEWEST LOW COST CARRIER

  • AA's latest airline transformation
  • Visible airline changes
  • Less visible workforce changes
  • Management - labor partnership
  • Measurable changes in AA's maintenance operations
  • The future of our MRO business
  • Danny Martinez

    Danny Martinez, Vice President, Line Maintenance, American Airlines

    John Marshall

    John Marshall, Director, Maintenance Services, American Airlines

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE ULTRAMAIN MAINTENANCE AND LOGISTICS SYSTEM

    Lawrence Chan

    Lawrence Chan, Ultramain Project Team Leader, Cathay Pacific

  • The challenge: maintaining a fleet in-house
  • The need to ensure dispatch reliability and aircraft availability
  • Overview: the Ultramain system
  • Deploying Ultramain across the MRO range of operations
  • Managing maintenance requirements
  • Effective procurement, planning and forecasting
  • 16:20 INNOVATIONS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR MRO

    Matthew Tobin

    Matthew Tobin, Vice President, Mxi Technologies

  • Many airlines continue to use legacy IT systems for MRO
  • Systems are becoming increasingly expensive
  • Aviation organizations that are seeking to modernize MRO IT systems
  • What IT options are available?
  • What considerations should be looked at?
  • What are the main issues?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Stephen Hunt

    Stephen Hunt, Operations Director, Aspire Consulting

    9:10 LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

    Paul Briggs

    Paul Briggs, Joint Head, International Aviation and Aerospace Group, and Former Group Legal Director, Finance and Treasury, BAE SYSTEMS, Bird & Bird

  • Standard terms and conditions: does Unfair Contract Terms Act apply?
  • International contracts
  • Consequential damages
  • 9:50 THE AIRBUS MRO NETWORK

    Michael Blyth

    Michael Blyth, , Airbus

  • In-house MRO: the constraints
  • Low Cost Carriers and their MRO needs
  • The demand for guidance and freedom of choice
  • The MRO Network: the solution
  • Working with the Network
  • Expanding the Network
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 MRO CHALLENGES IN SOUTH AMERICA

    Luis Alberto Correa

    Luis Alberto Correa, Vice President Marketing and Sales, VEM Varig Engineering and Maintenance

  • MRO forecast for Latin American market
  • Region capabilities
  • Advantages & issues going to Latin America MROs
  • VEM brief overview
  • Strategic alliances
  • Lean MRO
  • 11:40 MAINTENANCE IN A SMALL/MEDIUM SIZE AIRLINE

    Vanja Roller

    Vanja Roller, Executive Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering, Croatia Airlines

  • How to survive in a new environment
  • Past, present and future
  • Is it worth investing in new technologies?
  • Tools and equipment
  • Human factors: are we ready?
  • New technologies and maintenance costs
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 TRANSFORMING FROM LEGACY CARRIER STATUS TO COMPETITOR IN A LOW COST CARRIER WORLD

    Kris Bauer

    Kris Bauer, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, Northwest Airlines

  • NWA Technical Operations has undergone many changes in order to lower costs while maintaining safety and reliability
  • Third party maintenance providers have played a large role in the process
  • Supporting organizations and processes have added to change to accommodate new ways of doing business
  • Numerous constraints have dictated timing of transformation
  • 14:30 PMA – THE NEED FOR ALTERNATIVE SUPPLIERS

    Robb Baumann

    Robb Baumann, President, HEICO Parts Group, HEICO Aerospace Corporation

  • How alternatives have developed in other industries
  • What is different about our industry?
  • How is the market developing?
  • Where is the market going?
  • Can alternative providers safely support the product?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE LOW COST CARRIER

    Marshall Barrand

    Marshall Barrand, Head, Commercial Sales, Flybe Aviation Services

  • A low cost perspective
  • Price wars: the effects
  • Competing with the traditional carriers
  • Maintenance: in-house or outsource?
  • Future trends in cost-effective MRO
  • Is the low-cost model future proof?
  • 16:20 HUMAN PERFORMANCE AS A KEY TO RELIABILITY AND COST CONTROL

    Dr William Rankin

    Dr William Rankin, Lead, Boeing

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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