When it comes to flying parts, one of the biggest bargains in the aviation industry can happen on any given day.
And for those that can’t wait until that day to buy their next jet or helicopter, the biggest sellers in Australia are also the most difficult to spot.
There’s nothing wrong with that, and there’s nothing special about it either.
It’s just how things are.
That’s the way it is for the world’s largest aircraft assemblers, who have been the go-to supplier of parts for decades, according to the Aviation Industry Association.
That’s a good thing.
But the association’s research has found that the best sellers in the industry aren’t necessarily the ones that most people associate with “big things”.
The big sellers, on the other hand, aren’t usually those with the biggest markets.
That means the big sellers in aviation are mostly local, and are usually the same companies that have long been a part of the aviation supply chain.
It’s a bit like buying a new car.
Sure, you might spend $1000 to $1500 on the car, but the dealer will probably have a dealer who will provide you with the parts to do the job.
But it’s much easier to buy the parts yourself.
That way, you know what to expect and can plan for the next trip or two, rather than waiting for the dealer to deliver.
“We think it’s a win-win situation,” said Steve Durney, CEO of aviation market research firm, The Aviation Market Research Group.
“It gives the customer choice and it gives the manufacturer a bit of breathing room to try and compete with the local parts supply chain.”
It’s not that big a deal.
The big parts suppliers in Australia supply all the major airlines and most major car manufacturers in the country, as well as a handful of other big players.
And the major parts suppliers are usually located in the same country as the major carriers.
But in recent years, the big parts manufacturers have been losing money, particularly as new aircraft have come on the market.
That could change if a major customer like Boeing or Airbus can be persuaded to buy some of the smaller parts suppliers.
And it could change even more if the big companies like Rolls-Royce or Saab decide to move production to other parts suppliers, which are cheaper and better trained.
The Aviation Industry Authority is pushing the Government to look at whether a national body could be established to help boost the industry and find a way to buy parts for the small and medium-sized manufacturers in Australia, rather like the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
But even the AFA thinks there’s more work to be done.
“There’s a lot of big, local players that don’t have a lot to offer in terms of their supply chains and they’re not necessarily the best places to sell their parts,” Durnsey said.
“So we think that there’s something more that needs to be looked at, whether it’s national legislation to look into whether the AAFC or the ABA could have some sort of role to play in providing some sort, some sort that would be more representative of what the local players are offering.”
And that would probably include something like a national licensing regime, where parts suppliers would be licensed to sell parts in Australia.
It could also be a national register of suppliers.
It could even be a nationwide register of parts suppliers that are based in Australia and that would have the same access to the national markets as the big players do.
And perhaps most important, the AFI believes that more regulation of the big local players could be helpful.
“What we think is the biggest thing that would help the small manufacturers, the small suppliers, is that the AFOA could create a national registry for parts suppliers so that we know what’s available and we can see what the competition is doing,” Darney said.
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