With ever-changing political, economic, financial, and technology trends the near- to mid-term prospects for the aerospace industry could hardly appear brighter. Commercial aircraft manufacturers are challenged with increasing global demand for aircraft and the relative health of airlines around the world. In the defense sector, the need to modernize weapons systems throughout NATO, particularly for the US, has never been more urgent. The in-service commercial and military fleets are forecast to grow very rapidly in the coming years and the MRO (Maintenance, Reparse and Overhaul) industry will need to evolve significantly to meet this challenging demand.
In this light, high-efficiency aircraft fleet management, sustainment, and maintenance operations become the most critical component in civil and military aviation. Starting with aircraft maintenance facility management and managing MRO throughout the supply chain, the use of advanced digital technologies is imperative to establish high-efficiency operations.