The issues and cost to the airlines in response to regulatory initiatives are ennormous when taking to account the financial impact let alone the regulatory fallout should an airline fail to comply. Coupled with the constant focus of optimising vendor support and curbing pricing anomalies, there are far-reaching implications on any airline to maintain technical excellence and profitability.
In order to respond to the need for continuous improvement in safety, efficiency and reliability, regulators and industry need to be proactive rather than reactive. Therefore, AAPA provides a forum to facilitate the exchange of information and liases with manufacturers and suppliers on creating optimal technical/commercial solutions. It also helps to develop guidelines on best practises to improve reliability and mitigate maintenance costs.
Key issues currently addressed by AAPA are as follows:
- Premature Obsolescence
Obsolescent events result in major financial impact to the business in addition to operational disruptions. AAPA has developed a framework on how to address the issue and engage the manufacturers/suppliers to discuss and develop mutually beneficial solutions that ensure the continued support of older parts/equipment in view of emerging technologies.
- Regulatory Harmonisation
AAPA maintains and shares the view that it would be in the best interest of aviation for regulators to promote efforts and principles of harmonisation in the approach, methodology and application of continued airworthiness requirements with that of other regulatory counterparts. The AAPA continuously engages regulators to lobby for the alignment of regulatory requirements allowing the affected parties to develop their compliance plans without imposing tremendous burden – in terms of both safety and economic – on the industry.
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