Attend any number of business aviation (BizAv) conferences the world over and you are likely to find program schedules chock-a-block with reports on electric aircraft, blockchain measures at security gates, and more calls to innovate than you could imagine.
Alternatively, and perhaps of greater import, pick up any number of leading newspapers and you will simultaneously be met with headlines detailing the latest aviation disaster with subsequent calls for improved regulation around aircraft parts, pilot training, and flight data recording.
Would you be surprised to discover, however, that the root cause in the case of the latter (i.e., safety concerns) is but a result of the former, or in looking for that next great leap forward?
The carrier industry, which includes both commercial as well as military aviation, has actually never solved its 50-plus-year problem of integrity within the aircraft parts supply chain.
In other words, and brace yourself (no pun intended!), due to the extremely costly price tag associated with just one aircraft, fliers of all make and model must try to keep their assets flying longer, but under increasingly strict environmental, quality, and safety regulations.
This means that some airframes, among them 737s and C-130s born in the 1960s are, yes, still in operation.
In order to maintain these aircraft as well as ensure they are ready to go when your firm needs to move precious cargo (e.g., other parts, people, and the like), then you must first update your supply chain tracking, tracing, monitoring, and auditing system so as to ensure timely receipt of only the those spare parts deemed airworthy.