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Safety first: the crucial importance of staying up to date with MRO safety improvements

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Safety first: the crucial importance of staying up to date with MRO safety improvements

Now more than ever, safety is on everyone’s minds. JET MS – a family member of the Avia Solutions Group, the largest aviation, and aerospace company in Central and Eastern Europe – highlights the crucial importance of staying up to date with MRO safety news and trends.

Like in many other aviation-related industries, safety in MRO is a number one priority. Only technically sound aircraft can be safe to operate, so following the latest safety updates is a must to any MRO company, JET MS included.

“It is very important for us to follow the most current business aviation regulations issued by corresponding authorities and to be up to date with the latest trends and products available on the market,” explained Barbora Vidaillac, Product Projects Manager at JET MS.

“Our primary objective is to make sure we use the best in class tools, materials and products and to make our customers aware of the options they have to improve their aircraft performance and safety.”

Why to implement non-mandatory safety upgrades?

Even though many product and safety updates and upgrades are non-mandatory, JET MS always strives to stay up to date with industry standards.

Such non-mandatory upgrades can include IRU/AHRS upgrades – extremely accurate, reliable, durable and long-lasting systems that provide aircraft operators (pilots) with completely on-aircraft autonomous navigation; SmartLanding – systems that allow operators to feel extremely safe to land at complex approach airfields; LPV – Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance with WAAS, Wide Area Augmentation System, that allow for incredibly precise navigation; and many more.

“There are many reasons why it is a good idea to proceed with upgrades sooner rather than later,” explains Barbora. “First, some technologies become standard at some point and they are later set as mandatory.

Second, it is important for our customers regarding the financial impact and aircraft value management.

Continuous upgrades of their equipment can be done with reduced downtime and it is cheaper due to OEM incentives and smaller adjustments required, while last moment upgrades can be much more expensive and technically demanding.

Additionally, modern safety upgrades add value to an aircraft in financial terms. We often deal with owners who come to JET MS with a request to bring their aircraft up to date before it is listed for sale. The investment in safety is something that potential buyers value a lot.”

The possible consequences of not being aware of product and systems upgrades can be detrimental. Clients can risk losing aircraft’s airworthiness, ability to fly at defined flight levels or land at particular airports because of missing required equipment and software updates. Maintenance cost increase is also amongst the possible risks.

Aircraft engine maintenance

Looking after clients’ safety needs

As an experienced business MRO industry player, JET MS always advises clients on the best solutions for their aircraft safety.

“At JET MS, we aim to help all of our customers to optimise their maintenance plan and make them aware of the equipment which will be either no longer supported by the respective OEM or inform about an upgrade available which will make the aircraft compliant with all the current and future requirements, increasing the aircraft’s value.

Covid-19 obviously had an impact on operators’ upgrade planning but overall our customers are aware of the importance of this topic and they make their best effort to stay up to date,” said Barbora Vidaillac.

As an example of a safety upgrade performed by JET MS that has already proven its benefit to the industry, Barbora singles out Future Air Navigation System’s upgrade: “While most of the business jets have been excluded from the 2020 EASA mandate, CPDLC / FANS 1/A+ is a good example of the upgrade we highly recommend and which many customers consider to soon implement on their fleets.”

As the industry’s requirements for aircraft safety become more and more strict as the time goes on, staying up to date with products and upgrades becomes a priority. “We have a dedicated team of people who are responsible for all product lines and who are constantly learning about news in the business aviation industry so we can provide proper support and help our clients to prioritise their next steps.

Safety first, of course, however we look at each aircraft individually in detail to find the best solution and technologies to meet our customers’ needs,” concludes JET MS’ Product Projects Manager.

Cockpit maintenance

About Jet Maintenance Solutions

Founded in 2007, Jet Maintenance Solutions (JET MS) is a provider of integrated world-class aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions for business and regional aviation.

JET MS is a parent company to RAS Group, a long-established aircraft interior, exterior, and completions company, and a family member of Avia Solutions Group, the largest aerospace business group from Central & Eastern Europe offering aviation services worldwide.

JET MS provides base and line maintenance services for business and regional aircraft: Bombardier CRJ 100/200/440, Bombardier Challenger 604/605/850, Bombardier Global 5000/6000, Hawker Beechcraft 700/800/800XP/850XP/900XP/750 as well as Embraer Legacy 600/650 and Embraer ERJ135/145 aircraft types, which are soon-to-be introduced to the portfolio.

The company represents many global OEM’s in various regions followed with full logistic chain services and skilful engineers’ consultations.

Also provides aircraft spare parts supply, avionics, jet engines, landing gear, auxiliary power units, logistics, aircraft conversion, aircraft painting, cabin refurbishment, modification and engine management solutions for a wide range of other businesses and regional jets.

Through its well-established subsidiary RAS Group, JET MS offers high-quality interior and exterior refurbishment services.


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