The Technologies Disrupting the Aerospace Industry in 2018

The Technologies Disrupting the Aerospace Industry in 2018

The aerospace industry can be a bit of a contradiction. It is an industry built on (and, indeed, requiring) innovation, yet it can be surprisingly resistant to change. Some of that resistance is well founded, as the standards in aerospace are some of the most stringent and exacting in any industry; and the safety, security and feasibility of any new technology needs to be thoroughly vetted before it can be implemented on a wide scale….

The GDPR and How Your Company Can Comply

The GDPR and How Your Company Can Comply

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a sweeping European Union regulation that was approved in April 2016 and becomes enforceable on May 25, 2018. While it is a European Union regulation, it protects the data privacy of all European citizens, which means that any company throughout the world that is holding or interacting with data from a European citizen is subject to its strictures. These include fines of up to $23.5 million, or 4%…

Checking In on the 2018 Aerospace Industry Outlook

Checking In on the 2018 Aerospace Industry Outlook

With record growth in 2017, the 2018 aerospace industry outlook is strong. But learning what factors are affecting the industry moving forward will help you to target your priorities to align with the most important drivers of growth in 2018 and beyond. This post provides an update on the 2018 aerospace industry outlook, after the four major aircraft manufacturers – Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier – posted their 2018 Q1 earnings reports.   What Made 2017 Such a Great…

How U.S.-China Tariffs Could Affect the Aviation Industry

How U.S.-China Tariffs Could Affect the Aviation Industry

China has responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat of trade tariffs with a list of 106 items of U.S. goods that China will impose with a 25 percent tax if the U.S. tariffs move forward. Included in this list are U.S.-built aircraft, namely Boeing. Fears of how these tariffs may affect the global aviation industry have already driven down stock prices. So, how high are the stakes in this potential trade war? According to…

Technological Collaboration in Aerospace

Aerospace is not necessarily an industry well known for collaboration. Though the continued success of aviation relies heavily on transparency, communication and many different parties working together, aerospace has a much more ingrained culture of mergers and acquisitions than of good old-fashioned cooperation.  However, one notable area that has seen lots of enthusiastic collaboration in the past few years is technology. From sharing data that increases safety and efficiency to sharing expertise that is revolutionizing…

MRO Europe Conference Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for MROs and Aerospace Distributors

The recent MRO Europe conference saw major players in the global aviation community coming together to share best practices, learn about innovations, and plan for the future of MROs and the aerospace industry. As we have emphasized in previous posts, the aerospace industry is experiencing some exciting growth and changes right now: new technologies, continued consolidation and emerging markets, to name just a few. At this year’s MRO Europe conference, we were excited to hear…

3 Necessary Components for Aerospace Distributor’s Success

Throughout the history of aerospace, there have been many participants. Some aircraft parts distributors and suppliers have managed to stand the test of time, while others in the aviation industry have been unable to keep afloat. At Kapco Global, we consider our ability to adapt to changes within the aerospace industry as an important contributor to our longevity. As such, we have identified three necessary components for aerospace distributors success. Global Reach, the Right Way…

Causes (and Costs) Behind a Grounded Aircraft

AOG is an aviation term meaning Aircraft on Ground. When an aircraft is in need of immediate AOG services, this means that the plane has been grounded and is unable to reenter rotation until it is approved for flight. While AOG can be caused by a myriad of reasons, including flight scheduling conflicts or weather, sometimes in-service planes can also be grounded for mechanical reasons. When this is the case, commercial aircraft cannot return to…

United Airlines: A Reminder of the True Cost of ‘Operational Excellence’

We’ve all read about the recent United Airlines debacle, in which a passenger was forcibly ejected from a flight because he refused to give up his seat. The response from United has been baffling, including the CEO’s defense of the actions taken against this passenger, leaving many of us to wonder how a major corporation could make such a misstep in caring for its customers. Well the answer may be far simpler, and more pervasive,…

The Meaning of ‘Green Aviation’

In March, Kapco Global’s own Bud Miller, Director of Business Process Management, discussed with GreenBiz the evolution of aerospace toward an industry focused on improving its environmental footprint (you can read the full article here). In it, he outlines changes to technology, airline efficiencies and the role of the supply chain—all examples of the pursuit of green aviation. Which introduces the question: What exactly is green aviation? And what areas need improvement? A Brief Explanation…

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