The civil aviation aftermarket is undergoing a dynamic time as it juggles supporting the current fleet with preparing for the next generation of aircraft. Companies are figuring out how to effectively use the volumes of data generated by next-gen aircraft to deciding when to invest in capabilities to support this fleet, which shouldn’t require maintenance for years.
To put this in context, over the next decade, new generation aircraft will grow from about 400 IP-enabled aircraft to 11,300 aircraft, according to ICF International data. The entry into service of these new aircraft will represent 42.6% of the civil aviation fleet, excluding turboprops, says David Stewart, ICF’s global lead—aerospace and MRO.
That is a huge shift.