Cyber Security and Other Methods of Protection Against Aircraft Hacking

Recently, The Wall Street Journal investigated FAA plans to overhaul ACARS, the decades-old software used by air traffic controllers around the world. This software communicates with aircraft systems, and it is heavily relied upon for scheduling, maintenance and other operations. While a cyber attack would pose little immediate threat to planes in flight, entire airports […]

By |November 7th, 2016|Industry Information|

MRO Strategies for Tackling “Rightsizing” Within the Aviation Industry

In an effort to combat growing operating costs, a competitive market and the economic fluctuations of recent years, many airlines have turned toward “rightsizing” as a method for maintaining profits. Rightsizing in the aviation industry refers to the constant reorganization of fleets to meet demand fluctuations. For example, an airline might have a fleet made […]

By |October 26th, 2016|MRO|

Aircraft Manufacturing: Benefits of the Lean Process in Retooling and Retraining

Thanks to a steady stream of rapid advances in technology (and little end in sight with airliners on the cusp of electric-powered flight and hypersonic planes), the aerospace industry is in a constant state of flux. Each new aircraft model, engine improvement or component type means retooling aircraft manufacturing facilities and retraining staff and MROs. […]

By |October 17th, 2016|Industry Information, MRO, Supply Chain Management|

Kapco Global and Intelligent Aerospace Discuss the Implications for IoT in Supply Chain Management

Kapco Global has been featured in Intelligent Aerospace! Our first post, “IoT and Aerospace: Implications for Improvements Within Supply Chain Management,” discusses the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) in aviation and the increasing inclusion of lean principles within aerospace manufacturing. Want to see how these two fit together within supply chain management? Then […]

By |September 26th, 2016|Kapco News, Supply Chain Management|

Aviation Fuel Prices: Projected Increases and Possible Impacts to Aerospace

The cost of oil has the potential to play a very large role in all of our daily lives, influencing everything from personal finances to the performance of global economies. For the last several years, we have seen a rapid decrease in price, with barrel figures returning to lows reminiscent of the 1990s. However, these […]

By |September 19th, 2016|Industry Information, Travel|

Rapid Advances in MRO Technology

MRO providers are essential parts of any successful airline. Accurate and highly efficient MRO teams are a major influencer on flight schedules, aircraft delivery and safety. It is no surprise that a position of such importance embraces technology at a rapid pace. Let’s look at a few of the advances that have been made to […]

By |September 12th, 2016|MRO|

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Its Effects on Aviation Supply Chain Management

Forbes describes the Internet of Things (IoT) as the connectivity of any electronic device to another. With this connectedness comes a whole new world of data collection, parts tracking, inventory management and, ultimately, increased efficiency. And IoT goes beyond just our laptops and phones, to now include things like coffeemakers, refrigerators and even airplanes.
Existing MRO […]

By |September 5th, 2016|Supply Chain Management|

The Role of E-Commerce in Global Aviation Parts Distribution

E-commerce is nothing new. Well, it’s relatively new (if you’re thinking time span), but, for most of us, it’s a part of our daily lives. More and more people are buying everything from toilet paper to Christmas gifts online (and even from our phones). A 2016 study by eMarketer indicates that by 2017 over 46% […]

By |August 29th, 2016|Global E-Commerce|

Factors Involved in Fleet Retirement and Aircraft Recycling

Late last year, Emirates announced an aggressive fleet retirement schedule aimed at decommissioning 26 planes, comprised primarily of Airbus A330-300 and A340-300 models and six Boeing 777-200 ERs. Similarly, American Airlines announced plans to retire all of its Airbus A330-300 aircrafts by 2018. With whole fleets entering retirement, two questions can be asked: What factors […]

By |August 18th, 2016|Industry Information|

Lean Manufacturing in the Aviation Industry

In the 1930s, Japanese researchers studying the Toyota manufacturing model developed a new strategy aimed at eliminating inefficiency and excess waste at each stage of the manufacturing process. This model, known as lean manufacturing, relies on continual feedback, process evaluation and “flow,” and it has been a major influence on today’s manufacturing principles. However, the […]

By |August 5th, 2016|Industry Information, Supply Chain Management|

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