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A unique opportunity to hear international case studies and expert perspectives from leaders in the field including:
  • Len Arnot-Perrett, Senior Airworthiness Surveyor, Section Leader – Aircraft Maintenance Requirements & Policy Section, Civil Aviation Authority
  • Gregory Hall, Vice President Maintenance and Engineering, United Airlines
  • Udo Rieder, Vice President, Engineering and Maintenance, Delta Air Lines
  • Rick Oehme, Vice President, Base Maintenance, America West Airlines *
  • Ron Elvidge, Vice President Engines and Components Maintenance, Air Canada
  • John Hirst, Maintenance Business Systems Project Manager, Cathay Pacific
  • Vanja Roller, Director, Engineering Services, Croatia Airlines
  • Andrew Strong, Engineering Director, Flybe
  • Michael Williams, Former Chief Engineer, Go and Easyjet
  • Nick Walker, Director, Airline Maintenance Consulting
  • Phil Seymour, Managing Director, IBA Group
  • Bernard Hensey, Chief Executive Officer, AMT
  • Bruce Hunter, General Manager, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff
  • David Stewart, Principal, AeroStrategy UK
    * Subject to Final Confirmation

    Benefits of Attending:
    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 focused networking forum

    “Generally well-managed with good speakers”
    Colin Hall, Principal, DMC

  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Steffen Harpoth

    Steffen Harpoth, President, SHC

    9:10 THE AVIATION INDUSTRY IN 2004

    Patrice Muller

    Patrice Muller, Chief Economist, London Economics

  • The wider economic picture
  • What this means for aerospace
  • Aerospace: global insecurity and global threats
  • The government’s aviation White Paper
  • Prospects
  • 9:40 CONTEMPORARY MRO

    David Stewart

    David Stewart, Principal, AeroStrategy UK

  • The outlook for the MRO market
  • Changes in demand and supply
  • Key trends
  • Implications for airlines and suppliers
  • 10:20 EXCESS CAPACITY AND INCREASING COMPETITION

    Udo Rieder

    Udo Rieder, Vice President Engineering and Planning, Delta Air Lines

  • Driving the development of solutions that improve service and lower costs
  • Increased demand for value for money
  • Encouraging greater collaboration and co-operation between OEMs, carriers and ISOs
  • Challenges – ownership and deployment of parts inventory, cost vs safety
  • The benefits for airlines
  • The overall benefit for the aviation industry
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE IMPACT OF THE LOW-COST REVOLUTION

    Michael Williams

    Michael Williams, Former Chief Engineer, Go and Easyjet

  • The rise of low-fare carriers and pricing power wars – a systemic change to the industry
  • Flexibility, responsiveness and value
  • “No frills maintenance” – supporting the competitive advantage
  • Growth: does size change the maintenance model?
  • Are we seeing the demise of the large airline business model?
  • The mix of airline and MRO business models for the future
  • 12:00 THE IMPORTANCE OF COST REDUCTION

    Bruce Hunter

    Bruce Hunter, General Manager, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff

  • The total cost of MRO to an airline
  • The value debate unit cost vs. check cost
  • Using high productivity facilities
  • Working to reduce the overall cost of maintenance
  • How to engineer in low cost to maintenance tasks
  • The future
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 PREVENTIVE AND PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE

    George Zarikos

    George Zarikos, Director of Fleet Management, Air Canada

  • How preventive and predictive maintenance can be used as a cost-cutting tool
  • Scale on which preventive maintenance currently takes place
  • To what degree should preventive maintenance be discretionary/mandatory?
  • Compiling a workable preventive maintenance schedule
  • Building credible preventive maintenance procedures
  • Converting preventive to predictive
    Optimising preventive and predictive maintenance
  • 14:40 THE DEBATE OVER IN-HOUSE OR OUTSOURCED MRO

    Andrew Strong

    Andrew Strong, Engineering Director, Flybe. Aviation Services

  • Factors behind this emerging trend
  • How much does outsourcing currently occur in the aviation industry?
  • How much do airlines currently spend on outsourcing?
  • Why outsource when MRO facilities are available in-house?
  • The cost of conducting in-house MRO - outlay - maintaining the inventory - manning MRO facilities - the cost of retaining aircraft on the ground
  • The ongoing debate
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 REGULATORY CONDITIONS WHEN OUTSOURCING

    Len Arnot-Perrett

    Len Arnot-Perrett, Senior Airworthiness Surveyor, Section Leader – Aircraft Maintenance Requirements & Policy Section, Civil Aviation Authority

  • The operator/MRO/OEM/Aviation Authority interaction
  • Concerns of the regulatory authorities –accountability issues – who is responsible for what?
  • The approval process and the subsequent audit programmes
  • Changing responsibilities – expertise requirements at the MRO and operator
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Update on the US DOT/FAA repair station audit policy/programme
  • 16:20 CASE STUDY: AMERICA WEST AIRLINES

    Rick Oehme

    Rick Oehme, Vice President Base Maintenance, America West Airlines

  • Outsourcing considerations
  • Managing costs
  • Achieving balanced outlay and expectations
  • Outsourcing in America West Airlines
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Justin Goatcher

    Justin Goatcher, Principal Consultant, Baines Simmons

    9:10 LEASING

    Humphrey Dawson

    Humphrey Dawson, , Solicitor and Aviation Legal Consultant

  • Leasing
  • Exchanging
  • Power by the hour
  • Benefits
  • Title exchange
  • Tracing
  • 9:40 COMMUNICATIONS IN CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

    Gene House

    Gene House, Managing Director of United Services, United Airlines

  • Communication as the key to effective contract management
  • Dialogue, understanding and simplification
  • Planning, timetabling and negotiations
  • Achieving consensus on realistic goals
  • Troubleshooting
  • Improvements in contract management communications
  • 10:20 THE COST OF POOR CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

    Phil Seymour

    Phil Seymour, Managing Director, IBA Group

  • Operators vs MROs
  • Lack of definitions - the costs to consider when it goes wrong
  • Aircraft lease returns – minimum return conditions
  • Engine shop visit workscopes – when is a shop visit not a shop visit?
  • The maintenance schedule – who should be doing what?
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 MAINTENANCE PRODUCTIVITY

    Nick Walker

    Nick Walker, Director, Airline Maintenance Consulting

  • End-user
  • Total maintenance organisation
  • Direct production level
  • 12:00 MANPOWER IN MRO COST-REDUCTION

    Vanja Roller

    Vanja Roller, Director, Engineering Services, Croatia Airlines

  • Information and analysis of manpower costs in MRO
  • Manpower planning and policy formation
  • Maintenance personnel outsourcing
  • Human resource development and training
  • Work control, planning and scheduling
  • How to facilitate task-management within a small time-frame without compromising on safety and quality
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 COST REDUCTION AND ADVANCED MAINTENANCE SYSTEMS

    John Hirst

    John Hirst, Maintenance Systems Project Manager, Cathay Pacific

  • Cost savings – the airline perspective
  • Advanced maintenance systems – the Cathay journey - where we came from - today’s situation - the future
  • Lessons learned
  • The leap of faith
  • 14:40 INNOVATIONS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

    Matthew Tobin

    Matthew Tobin, Vice President Marketing and Alliances, Mxi Technologies

  • Achieving IT unification: connecting the line, heavy and shop maintenance organisations
  • Innovations for ‘paperless’ maintenance: wireless delivery and electronic signature
  • Advanced diagnostics: making the most of on-board systems
  • The Internet: leveraging browsers and the web
  • Innovation under the hood: leveraging modern architectural standards
  • 15:20 THE CONNECTED AIRCRAFT AND THE LEAN AIRLINE

    Steve Hardgrave

    Steve Hardgrave, Chief Operating Officer, Aircraft Management Technologies

  • Emerging technologies
  • The connected airline proposition
  • Process redesign models and emthodologies
  • The lean airline: case studies
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

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    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

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    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

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