SMi is delighted to announce the launch of Future MRO & Ageing Aircraft 2011Extending the life cycle of civil aircraft for the 21st century. 
In a world where credit has become scarce, fleet life extension is an attractive prospect for airlines, both large and small – regional and global as the costs of purchasing or leasing new aircraft can significantly outstrip the costs of extending an airframe / engine's life span. This conference will explore the debate and technical considerations around mid to end-life civil aviation fleet extension as well as a number of themes including the technical and cost implications of extending an aircrafts life vs. renewing a fleet with modern aircraft. The conference will also examine future MRO strategies and analyse succesfull airline case studies.

Hear presentations from: Lufthansa TechnikAG, Airbus, IBERIA, Blue Air, Pakistan International Airlines Engineering, EADS EFWInternational Bureau of Aviation, IATA,ARC Global, MRO Magazine, Component Obsolescence Group, CMCA UK, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


The unique conference will bring together ageing fleet operators, MRO organisations, aviation consultants and financiers into one place to network and learn both the practical steps necessary to extend the life of an aircraft and ensure a sound return on investment on such projects. The conference will take place on the 26th & 27th October 2011 in London.



The Debate: Freighter Conversions - the Future of Ageing Aircraft?


The conference will address issues around:
  • Technological obsolescence
  • Unexpected maintenance costs
  • Useful economic life
  • Freighter conversion opportunities and costs
  • Part Out considerations
  • Maintenance Costs and Planning
  • Environmental considerations
  • Higher fleet utilisation

Would you like to take part?


SMi is Proud to be Working in Association with the International Bureau of Aviation, MRO Management & ARC Aero





Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ian Harbison

Ian Harbison, Editor, Air Transport Publications

9:10 The Health of the Airline Industry Today

Celine Fornaro

Celine Fornaro, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • Aircraft orders
  •  Industry updates
  • Funding options
  •  Renewing or extending life? Risks and benefits
  • 10:00 Keynote Address: The Aircraft Manufacturers View of an Ageing Fleet

    Valerie Manning

    Valerie Manning, VP Head of Upgrade Services - SEU , Airbus

  • The aircraft lifecycle from concept to retirement
  • Keeping abreast of regulations and environmental issues
  • Can new technology benefit ageing aircraft?
  • Keeping ageing aircraft competitive
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The MRO Market for Ageing Aircraft

    Richard Brown

    Richard Brown, Principal , ICFI SH&E

  • Current and forecasted MRO spend on maturing aircraft
  • Impact of maturing aircraft on the surplus parts market
  • Aircraft retirement and cannibalisation trends and the impact on the MRO market
  • 11:40 Managing the Risks Associated with Ageing aircraft within a CAMO – SMS Perspective

    Cengiz Turkoglu

    Cengiz Turkoglu, Senior Lecturer in Air Transport Engineering”, City University

  • Maintenance Programme Issues – Case Studies such as Aloha, Alaskan, Southwest
  • Data driven approach and reliability program - Risk of being a ‘slave to statistics’
  • Risk based decisions and risk elimination & mitigation strategies
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Panel Discussion: Fleet Renewal Vs. Fleet Replacement

  • Economic life  of the fleet
  • Freighter conversion opportunities and costs
  • Part Out considerations
  • Maintenance Costs and Planning
  • Environmental considerations
  • Amir Ali

    Amir Ali, Chief Engineering Business Development, Pakistan International Airlines

    Ian Harbison

    Ian Harbison, Editor, Air Transport Publications

    Cengiz Turkoglu

    Cengiz Turkoglu, Senior Lecturer in Air Transport Engineering”, City University

    14:00 Automated Crack Detection at Ageing Aircraft Fuselages

    Klaus  Brautigam

    Klaus Brautigam , Project Manager Innovation , Lufthansa Technik AG

  • Challenges of current testing solutions for the aircraft maintenance
  • Principles of thermographic aluminium fuselage crack detection
  • Pretests and their results
  • Next steps to a semi-automated thermographic test system
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Aircraft Life Extension for Low Utilisation – Guidelines & Options

    Rustom Sutaria

    Rustom Sutaria, Director, Aviation Resourcing & Consultancy (ARC-Aero)

  • Technological Options to the Owner/Operator
  • Obsolescence Management – How to make an old aircraft feel young
  • Life Extension & & Obsolescence Management – An additional revenue stream for MROs
  • 16:00 Effective Use of Contract Labour (Planning & Implementation)

    Fraser Currie

    Fraser Currie, Chief Executive Officer, Qualitair Aviation Group

  • Market Overview
  • Project overview
  • Compliance
  • Risk Share
  • 16:40 Close of Day One and Chair's Closing Remarks

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rustom Sutaria

    Rustom Sutaria, Director, Aviation Resourcing & Consultancy (ARC-Aero)

    9:10 PIA Maintenance Cost and Planning Initiatives

  • Minimizing Direct Maintenance Cost
  • Aging Aircraft Best Practice Maintenance Strategies
  • Engine Maintenance Cost: PBTH Vs Time & Material
  • Case Study: Leased Aircraft Maintenance Reserve Management
  • Amir Ali

    Amir Ali, Chief Engineering Business Development, Pakistan International Airlines

    Walter Schmitt-Rennekamp

    Walter Schmitt-Rennekamp, Ex -Lufthansa Consulting & Master of Science in Aviation and Aeronautics, University Of Berlin

    9:50 Engine MRO – Extending Engine Life Cycles

    Ester Chinarro Vera

    Ester Chinarro Vera, Economic & Operational Manager, Iberia Airlines Of Spain

  • Engine MRO market: new generation vs old generation engines
  • Developing Best Practices programmes for engine life extension
  • Managing increased capacity in ageing engines types.
  • Managing external airline relationships
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Proactive Obsolescence Management & Through Life Development of Products

    Ian  Blackman

    Ian Blackman , CEO , Component Obsolescence Group

  • Practical considerations
  • Supportability throughout component obsolescence
  • Part outs and future planning
  • 11:30 Mitigating the Risks of Component Obsolescence

    Nigel  Wallis

    Nigel Wallis , Business Development Manager , Central Management Catalogue Agency (CMCA)

  • Guaranteeing availability throughout aircraft life - span
  • Practical considerations
  • Obsolete component procurement
  • Proactive obsolescence services
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:10 The second aircraft life through conversion: The Airbus case

    Thomas Centner

    Thomas Centner, Director, EADS EFW

  • Current overview of projects
  • Fleet maintenance strategies: A300 & A310
  • Financial planning and other considerations
  • Case Study: A300 / A310 freighter conversions
  • 13:50 Ageing Aircraft Avionics & Wiring: The Challenge of Maintaining What You Can't See

    Giles Huby

    Giles Huby, Managing Director, Copernicus Technology

  •  System Integrity of Avionics and Wiring
  • The Business Impact of System Integrity degradation
  • Spotting the Warning Signs
  •  Case Studies
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    14:30 Information exchange in MRO: it’s contribution to the Safety Management System

    Gordon Dennis

    Gordon Dennis, Managing Director, Koala Publishing Limited

  • Overview of current practices
  •  Flight control and data processes
  • Aircraft maintenance data management
  • Electronic flight bags
  • 15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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