Why OEM-approved engine stands are essential to MRO

In the dynamic world of aviation, ensuring the seamless operation of aircraft and prioritizing passenger safety is paramount. A big part of aircraft operations is the maintenance of aircraft engines. Engines are the workhorses powering aircraft through the skies but require routine overhauls and repairs to sustain optimal performance and enhance longevity.

As global passenger traffic continues to grow this year, engine shop visits are expected to further ascend, with a higher volume of extensive work scopes anticipated. Aviation Week’s Commercial Fleet & MRO Forecast 2023 data projects approximately 7,686 engine overhauls this year. That figure is expected to climb further in 2024 and 2025, to 8,837 and 8,995 shop visits, respectively. In 2023, the same data set values the engine MRO segment at $39.3 billion (about $120 per person in the US), accounting for 45% of the whole commercial aftermarket. Engine slot availability remains competitive in North America and Europe. Engine stand makers must make sure their goods qualify with Engine OEMs and meet all the specific requirements of transportation, removal, installation, and other operations to obtain licenses to create stands with the OEM seal of approval.

Given the diverse range of engine sizes and types across the aviation industry, access to suitable equipment is crucial for airlines, corporate aviation companies, general aviation operators, and military entities, though the only difference is whether it is OEM or non-OEM approved. It is important to underscore that how OEM engine stands are stored, maintained and repaired is crucial to keeping the high standards and requirements of OEMs. As Toma Matutyte, CEO of EngineStands.com, explains “We are seeing increasing demand for engine stands which depending on market requirements matches growth and engine MRO forecasts which are set to increase substantially into 2024/25 with maintenance requirements for engines, Pratt & Whitney being one example.

Engine stands, as a core piece of machinery, in the aviation maintenance process, upholds reliability, safety, and excellence. Their role in ensuring the smooth operation of aircraft and enhancing the industry’s reputation cannot be understated. The engine stands provide several key advantages such as stability and structural integrity, accessibility, and mobility, and streamlined maintenance procedures all of which empower Aviation MRO.

In addition to being the backbone of the MRO process, precision engine stands also play a role in transporting and storing aircraft engines, facilitating safe movement, and protecting the valuable million-dollar assets during storage. By offering secure cradling, these stands ensure engines remain in optimal condition until they are needed. As a subsidiary of Avia Solutions Group, one of the world’s largest ACMI providers, operating a fleet of 192 aircraft, Enginestands.com will continue to deliver solutions in the competitive aviation landscape. As long as engines continue to power airplanes, the demand for engine stands will persist

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