LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio’s latest report on the global aircraft heavy maintenance visit (HMV) market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.
Avimanyu Basu, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research on aerospace components sector, says, “The original equipment manufacturers in the aviation industry are shifting their focus from supplying of components to providing aftermarket services that include parts manufacture approval components as well as maintenance services.”
Airlines offer maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations in the market with an aim to develop more opportunities for airline operators, resulting in high revenue passenger kilometer (RPK). Though APAC holds great potential for MRO facilities, the region is challenged with shortage of skilled labor and wage inflation. The HMV market is globalizing at a fast pace owing to the growing number of MRO facilities in emerging countries like India, South America, and China.
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The top three emerging trends driving the global aircraft HMV market according to Technavio aerospace and defense research analysts are:
- Trend toward block maintenance
- Use of energy harvester modules for maintenance operations
- Robotized maintenance assistance reducing cost and man hour
Trend toward block maintenance
“For a wide-body airplane like the B747, the number of scheduled maintenance tasks are extensive, and in particular, for higher C and D checks. These intensive checks require the airplane to be grounded for maintenance for several weeks, which is a loss for the airlines,” adds Avimanyu.
The block or phase maintenance can be a solution by dividing the higher checks into segmented blocks or phases. A typical phase check provides a thorough visual inspection and operational or functional checks of specified components and systems. Each check includes the requirements of low check A and B, and some part of C and D checks, at required task intervals. Phase checks are carried out at 200-800 flight-hour intervals, which depends upon the packaging plan of work and airline operating variables.
Use of energy harvester modules for maintenance operations
One of the major challenges of aircraft maintenance operations is the loss of productivity due to inspection of the healthy section of the aircraft. This reflects higher maintenance cost and in turn, a much expensive HMV. Detection of minute cracks as well as visible dents are quite challenging on carbon-based materials unlike aluminum. The use of energy autonomous sensors, free of electrical wiring, which closely monitors the airframe structure can be a possible solution.
|A team of researchers from Vienna University of Technology, Austria working closely with EADS Germany developed a technology which can detect the mentioned faults. The technology involves effectual energy autonomous sensors placed in close contact with the airframe. The sensors are equipped with a small water tank for thermal energy storage. Once the aircraft is airborne, the system harvests energy through the temperature difference between the sub-zero temperature outside and the ground temperature of the water tank.|
Robotized maintenance assistance reducing cost and man hour
In an aircraft engine, the blades in compressors and turbines experience high stress levels while converting fluid energy into mechanical energy. In the process, the blades are subjected to wear due to vibration, friction, or by erosion from dust and sand particles. Also, sometimes during hard landings large objects collide with the blades. This causes the blade components made of titanium- or nickel-alloy steels to bend or crack, which obstruct the flow of air resulting in higher fuel consumption. Blades are expensive objects and repairing a blade is almost 50% less expensive than acquiring a new one.
The top vendors are as follows:
- Aviation Technical Services (ATS)
- Lufthansa Technik
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