CAVU Café: Royboy’s Prose & Cons

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CAVU Café: Royboy’s Prose & Cons

Economics and Influences on the Surplus Aftermarket, Part II

As the title infers, this is part II. If you have not read Part I, please look back at the previous blog by the same title. The data which triggered my thought process was this graph, created by our friends at ICF International:   Let’s understand the basis for this data; from ICF: “Alternatives to new OEM parts are therefore a big deal. PMA parts are the best known, yet have achieved a modest 2% market share after decades of effort. A less glamorous, but fast-growing alternative is surp...

Posted By Roy Resto | 4/13/2015 4:41:55 PM

Economics and Influences on the Surplus Aftermarket, Part 1

In college many of you took Micro and Macro Economics. You likely remember that those classes were characterized by the numbing number of graphs; recall those Supply-Demand curves? I liked those graphs. To a certain extent they were intuitive, and you could derive a great deal of information from them. I hope to do that with this blog. I have not seen these graphs before, so I’m having geeky fun expressing latent talents for academia. Recently, our friends at ICF International published econ...

Posted By Roy Resto | 2/23/2015 5:27:11 PM


Ok, time to stir the pot a bit. I know there is a silent majority of people out there who roll their eyes while simultaneously pressing their lips at the mention of Approved Supplier Lists; they look at it as a necessary evil; a constant source of findings on internal and external audits; a down-right thorn in the side! On the other hand, many of those same people, when presented the opportunity to get on a major customer’s Approved Supplier List, are heard to herald their unflinching dedicati...

Posted By Roy Resto | 12/3/2014 3:05:22 PM

Keep Your Manuals Current!

During my youthful days at a major airline, I distinctly recall a close friend who had just been promoted to an important position. After a while, I asked him ‘What could you have done to be better prepared for the job?’ Without hesitation, he said ‘I wish I had been more familiar with the GPM.’ Every airline has a GMM (General Maintenance Manual) or equivalent GPM (General Procedures Manual). It is thee operations manual for instructions on how the Maintenance Division conducts its business, ...

Posted By Roy Resto | 10/10/2014 10:34:05 AM


For those of you who contribute either directly or indirectly to the military Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) market, fasten your seat belts, realignment is coming. We often hear the civilian global MRO market quantified in the $50 billion range; that’s indeed huge. If that impresses you, consider this: as recently as 2011, the global military MRO market was valued at $66 billion, and that excludes China and Russia. On the other hand, that value fell to $62.5 and $60.7 billion respecti...

Posted By Roy Resto | 5/27/2014 3:15:56 PM


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