The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) has published that current trends indicate passenger numbers in aerospace travel could double to 8.2 billion by 2037. Also, in a recent report, the US pentagon has stated that climate change poses and immediate risk to national security and will have broad and costly impacts on the way the US military caries out missions.
When all of these trends and challenges are considered it implies the way in which aerospace companies are currently doing business will drastically need to change as we progress towards the future. Reduced operational costs, increased production rates, and improved quality will all now be expected due to growing competition and the pace of technological innovation.
Commercial airlines and the military spend an inordinate amount of their annual operational budget on aircraft maintenance. Corrosion and metal fatigue are taxing and force aircraft operators to conduct costly inspections to find and repair. Composites provide an alternative with better corrosion resistance than metal. Improved maintenance cycles offer lower support costs and keep the aircraft flying.
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