MRO Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia 2017

Location: Sofia Event Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Date: May 10, 2017


MRO BEER is the premier gathering place for operators, OEMs and suppliers from the Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia. The conference provides a forum for the commercial air transport maintenance, repair and overhaul industry to come together and forge new partnerships and cement existing relationships.

Tom Cooper, Vice President, CAVOK will be a speaker on the MRO Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia (BEER) Forecast & Key Trends session.

For more information on this event, visit : event page.

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, May 09

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome Cocktail Reception

Room:   Lobby — Hilton Sofia

Let the fun begin! Do not miss this ice-breaker cocktail reception and your first chance to meet fellow attendees the night before the event. This is a great networking opportunity in a professional and friendly environment.

Wednesday, May 10

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Refreshments and Registration

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speakers: Hannah Bonnett, Daniel Hoffmann

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

MRO Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia (BEER) Forecast & Key Trends

This ever-popular session will hear leading expert opinion and analysis on the status and trends of the MRO and aviation industries, including challenges and opportunities for the future.

Speaker: Tom Cooper

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Leader Insight Panel: MRO in the BEER Region

In this critical opening session, market leaders will assess the state of maintenance in the region and the reliability and quality of MRO activity. What economic uncertainty remains and impacts the Eastern Europe MRO sector? The panelists will compare MRO efficiency, productivity and cost against Western Europe and examine the changing salary gap. Is there room for additional MRO business in the BEER space? Is there enough work for all the providers? The global MRO business is undergoing consolidation: What effect is the recent activity having on BEER? How is the MRO landscape continuing to change and evolve and is there fragmentation of MRO players in the region? What will this mean? What opportunities are there for the smaller players who lack the scale that bigger clients and suppliers would dictate but might have more flexibility in parts of their operations? In what ways can it be more difficult for smaller companies to comply than larger scale organisations? What other challenges can arise? How do expectations change in an increasingly consolidated space? What is the current state of outsourcing vs in-house MRO services? What successful examples of collaboration have we seen in the industry over the past year?

Speakers: Heiko Holm, Igor Panshin, Boris Rybak

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Intense Conversation Break & Refreshments: Time to examine ideas introduced on stage

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Innovation: What Next?

Join this interactive and engaging session to converse, debate and explore innovation trends in MRO with your industry peers. In this session we will work as a group to look at how innovation in MRO can be encouraged and accelerated. Industry expert will lead discussion and we encourage you to take part to delve into key topics such as: Can the BEER region lead trends or will they remain final consumers of technologies developed in Western Europe and the rest of the world? What level of investment is being considered for technologically advanced MRO processes in the region? Is there an acceptance of and response to the need for innovative solutions that are dedicated to the needs of airlines? What specific needs can be met by recent and upcoming innovations and what hope is there for future years? What lessons have been learnt from drone use for maintenance and NDT? Will the advancements and demand for innovation and more IT driven solutions lead to a more diverse workforce as MROs headhunt from other industries? Shout out, put your hand up and take part in this exciting and collaborative session.

Speakers: Eric Beauregard, Birkan Guneralp, James Kornberg, Risto Mäeots

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch and networking

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Why is everyone talking about….Line Maintenance

As airlines are trying to get more work done on aircraft in the A checks and overnight checks rather than a lengthy and more expensive HMV, what challenges are they experiencing? What are the differences with newer aircraft that have longer waits between C-checks? Is the same thing happening with more reliable, newer engines? Evaluating different operating patterns and delving into the needs of the operators: How can line maintenance better support airline needs? How effective are MROs at efficiency in line maintenance? How do stakeholders prepare for the challenges of next year? What are third party providers looking for from the operators and who is looking at extending their line maintenance networks? Exploring short-term, mid-term and long-term strategies.

Speakers: Mirosław Galus, Martin Houska

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Managing Costs

The growing presence of low cost carriers around the world and other external factors mean that all airlines are under increasing pressure to keep costs down. How does this continue to impact maintenance activity and what best practice can we look to? What cost comparisons should be considered and what strategies should be evaluated to reduce MRO costs for airlines? What factors for assessment are important when deciding what strategies should be invested in? Attend this discussion to explore cost saving opportunities and recommendations from industry experts.

Speakers: Mehmet Gokhan Dogan, Francis Groult, David Rushe

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Intense Conversation Break & Refreshments: Time to examine ideas introduced on stage

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Getting Aligned: Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance can prevent AOG situations if parts are replaced when a fault is indicated but before an emergency AOG is necessary. However, it is essential to ensure that the supply chain is aligned and prepared alongside predictive maintenance. How often are parts pulled unnecessarily and how much disruption occurs when this happens? Predictive maintenance allows unprecedented operational reliability but if the shop cannot find the fault this can prevent the full benefit being reached. Are the shop menus aligned with the impressive quantity of big data that is coming from the aircraft sensors? Is there a ‘joined up approach’ to detect and rectify errors? Where is there a lack of standardization and how can forecasting methodology across all parts of the supply chain be achieved? MRO’s can only benefit from the higher operational reliability allowed by predictive maintenance if the shop can find the fault: How can this be improved?

Speaker: Robert Grochowski

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Case study: Predictive Maintenance in Practice

Attend this regional case study to hear Lufthansa Technik share first-hand experience and collaboration strategies on applying predictive maintenance in practice. Hear practical cases of intelligence results being applied in cost-saving maintenance.

Speaker: Dr. Holger Appel

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Reception at Central Military Club — Sponsored by Lufthansa Technik

Thursday, May 11

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Morning refreshments

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Welcome and Highlights

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM

Records and Standardisation

The industry continues to invest in technology to enable paperless operations, improve record keeping and increase efficiency. In this session, our panel will explore potential advantages and how to combat challenges of technical records gathering and standardisation. What are the capabilities of the new digitalization of records and what should we be thinking about as soft-copies replace hard-copies and we move toward fully digital records?

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

In this session, we want to hear different regional perspectives on regulation and regulatory challenges. Who is working successfully with their regulatory bodies and what lessons and best practice can they share? Who is experiencing difficulty and searching for key industry insight to make improved strategies for 2017 and beyond? A panel of regulators will deliberate on trends impacting MRO and the major issues in the region. Where is there a lack of regulation or confirmed regulations so that further definition and clarification is required? What areas of conflict still exist where we consider the responsibility of the airline and certification trends? Are regulatory changes needed to cope with manpower shortages? Attend this discussion workshop to join forces with your regional industry peers and explore successful examples of airlines and industry organisations working with regulators in a fluid and harmonized way.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Intense Conversation Break & Refreshments: Time to examine ideas introduced on stage

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Closing Forum

At this closing and conclusive session, we discuss the key topics and findings from the event’s proceedings: What were the buzzwords? What new opportunities and technologies became evident? What will the MRO industry be looking at over the next 12 months? How are Eastern European MRO’s preparing for and seeing the future? There is a big demand for technical personnel including engineering, planning and licensed personnel but a lack of people that could fulfil that demand: What MRO workforce planning solutions are being considered? What investment is going into productivity measures and what strategies could be employed? What established processes are in place on a national, European and global level to manage the workforce issues as more aircraft come into the region? How attractive is Eastern Europe for potential investors and what investment do we see in the market? What did airlines have on their agendas for 2016/2017 and what has been achieved? What challenges might need to be combatted in the upcoming months and what outside influences might have an impact? What is on the remit for next year?

Speaker: Dragomir Benov, Maks Pele

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Aircraft Drawing and Goodbye

Close of conference for lunch and activity.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lufthansa Technik Facility Tour

Lufthansa Technik Sofia will host a facility tour during MRO BEER. Founded ten years ago, the company has developed into a leading location of Lufthansa Technik for narrowbody base maintenance services. More than 1 000 qualified staff are working not only in base maintenance, but also in planning, engineering, logistics and component purchasing – all under one roof. Currently operating five bays, Lufthansa Technik Sofia is set to expand its capacity even further in the course of 2017, with another maintenance hangar already under construction. The project comprehends three additional base maintenance lines, workshop areas and a six level multifunctional building, which will allow further growth of the central service departments in Sofia. The hangar will be the largest clear span aircraft structure on the Balkan Peninsula. It will also be able to accommodate widebody aircraft.