by Joy Finnegan
Editor in Chief
Aviation Maintenance Magazine
You’ve probably seen some of the promotional materials for our AVM Summit to be held next month in Orlando on November 21 and 22. We are excited about this event to say the least! We’ve held the AVM Summit Europe in London for two years running and will do so again in January 2014. But this is the first time we have held the Summit in the U.S.
We are bringing together two tracks of maintenance info. One track is focused on commercial maintenance and the other track is focused on business jet maintenance. We have some amazing speakers set to share their expertise with our attendees.
Our keynote speakers are Chris Markou, deputy director, Engineering with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Marshall Filler, managing director and general counsel with the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). We are honored to have these two top leaders in the MRO world headlining our event and look forward to their thought leadership at the AVM Summit.
On the commercial side we have experts in efficiencies, process improvements and lean. We also have experts that will give insights on the complexities of the globalization of the MRO industry including import/export laws and the continuing trend of outsourcing.
Another session in our commercial track will discuss SMS, just safety culture, quality systems and the use of MSG-3 to build an effective maintenance program.
We’ll also be looking at the next generation of IT systems designed for MRO. There are a lot of systems on the market. Are any of them perfect? No. But come and learn how many are improving and broadening their product and service offerings.
In our commercial track we have some of the top MRO leaders in the world offering their insights. These leaders include Jorge Leite, VP of quality and safety at TAP Maintenance & Engineering, an innovative, global Airbus, Boeing and Embraer maintenance provider with 4000 employees. Leite will address SMS implementation, development, difficulties, gains and what lies ahead. Leite is an excellent speaker with intimate knowledge on SMS—you will come away from his presentation with actionable information that can be put to use in your business.
We are also delighted to have Luiz Silva, executive director of TAM MRO. TAM developed and implemented Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) based on the Theory of Constraints to improve turnaround times (TAT) on heavy checks. Come to his session to learn how they reduced TATs by 20 percent and increased workforce productivity by more than 40 percent.
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