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MRO Management June 2023

MRO Management June 2023

The aircraft teardown process plays a vital role in the aviation sector’s efforts to improve its record on recycling, reusing, and repurposing aircraft parts. As the aviation industry continues to
grow and modernise, the need for more sustainable practices becomes increasingly important.
No longer seen as an activity to end an aircraft’s operating life, teardowns are becoming an essential, value-driven procedure offering numerous opportunities for the industry to reduce waste, conserve resources, and enhance its environmental performance.

Aircraft comprise various components which can all be recycled and repurposed. Furthermore, metals can be melted down and reused in new aircraft production and valuable parts like engines and avionics can be refurbished and sold as spare parts, extending their lifespan and reducing the demand for new replacements.

Several specialist companies are developing new technology to make the approach to aircraft end of-life more efficient. For example, EirTrade Aviation’s specialist fuselage support cradle allows it to remove landing gear at the beginning of the disassembly process, enabling the aircraft owner to monetise or utilise the landing gear sooner.

The recycling of aircraft parts of course requires specialised facilities, equipment, and skilled workforces. The dismantling process needs to be carried out meticulously to maximise the recovery of reusable parts and minimise waste. Coordinating these operations efficiently can be a logistical challenge, but as we learn more about aircraft in the afterlife in our feature on page 30, it is clear the industry is on a journey to fully understand the potential of aircraft recycling.

In other exciting news, our Predictive Aircraft Maintenance (PAM) Conference is back this year on 27-28 November in London. Now a two-day event for 2023, it will bring together industry thought leaders for an agenda that will cover a broad range of issues related to predictive aircraft maintenance. You can find more event details on page 14, and we hope to see you there.

Regular readers of MRO Management will notice that I am the magazine’s new editor; I’m thrilled to be joining an exciting sector and to continue to bring you the latest insights and trends shaping the MRO industry. Please do get in touch to share comments, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading this issue.

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