Data from aerospace trade body ADS Group has shown that 2015 could well be a record year for the UK’s aerospace sector, leading to predictions of a promising 2016 in terms of growth but not without facing a new set of challenges.
In total, the aerospace industry delivered 1,265 new aircraft, generating up to £21.5 billion to the UK economy, with 132 new aircraft delivered in November alone. This made it the third highest monthly total on record, with chief executive at the ADS Group, Paul Everitt, saying: “November was another good month for the UK aerospace industry with 132 new aircraft delivered, up by 12% on the same month a year earlier.”
This growth in production is not only driven by the demand for more efficient, environmentally friendly designs to upgrade the ageing fleets but to cope with the global increase in traffic. Currently the backlog of aircraft awaiting production has reached a new high of 13,234, an increase of 6% more than last year with global traffic expected to double in the next 15 years.
Everitt is positive about the future of the aerospace industry in the UK, as he praises the government’s encouragement and investment in skills, productivity and R&D, which is “helping UK companies to compete successfully in tough international markets.”
Industry experts, regulators and leading maintenance organisations have recognised that while these market trends are positive for economic growth and the industry as whole, they also pose new challenges in terms of maintenance safety and compliance.
Rapid growth in production and passenger traffic, alongside the introduction of next generation aircraft demands skilled, competent manpower to maintain all the systems and structures of these huge volumes of aircraft. With a looming skills shortage, not just within the UK but globally, managing this increasing workload and ensuring the most competent people are deployed, demands the need for a better means of managing and measuring competence.
ELMS Aviation has developed the Electronic Logbook Management System (ELMS) to directly address these industry challenges with a cloud-based web application. Designed to meet current EASA regulatory requirements of Part ARO, Part M, Part 145, Part 21 and Part 66 in terms of evaluating competence, the application allows engineering and maintenance personnel to record their qualifications, training and validated task history in the form of a digital logbook, into their personal profile and share this competence history with their organisation. Organisations can then not only draw on this real-time competence data to get an instant company-wide overview but also produce detailed reports on all, specific groups or just individual staff members. This data can then be used to deploy staff determined by their current skill set, training and qualifications thus reducing the risk of costly maintenance errors whilst protecting reputation and market perception, giving organisations a competitive edge.
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