DynCorp International chairman and chief executive officer, Steven Gaffney, recently was a featured speaker on a panel discussing the aerospace supply chain at the Global Aerospace Summit, held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Panelists discussed how their respective businesses were positioned for business growth in the current aerospace industry environment.
During a question and answer session, Gaffney discussed current aerospace industry trends, including a focus on best value from service providers, the importance of retaining talented personnel and an increased need for knowledge transfer components in global programs. He also discussed the changing role of service contractors in aerospace maintenance and integration and highlighted supply chain involvement and forming partnerships and strategic alliances.
Global Aerospace Summit
The Global Aerospace Summit is an invitation-only event for C-level executives, senior decision makers and government officials involved with the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries. The summit is comprised of three days of strategic level discussions, closed-door debates, networking and site visits.
More than 1,250 industry leaders attended the event which took place April 7-9, 2014, at the St. Regis Hotel, Saadiyat Island, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The development of the Global Aerospace Summit was driven by a need for a cross-industry thought leadership forum that allowed international peers to engage in strategic and forward looking debate and address the key challenges facing the aerospace, aviation, space and defense industries. Topics included partnerships and competition, the globalization of the supply chain, and workforce development. The theme of the 2014 Summit is the role of the aerospace industries in regional and national economic diversiﬁcation.
DI’s History of Aerospace and Aviation Support
DI has a rich history of aviation maintenance support, dating back to its origins in the 1940s. In 1951, DI was awarded the first Contract Field Teams (CFT) contract by the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC). Contract field teams provide mission support and depot-level repair to U.S. military aircraft and weapons systems worldwide. DI and its predecessors have provided services under the CFT program continuously ever since.
Today, through its DynAviation Group, DI team members around the world support more than 200 types of aircraft for U.S. and foreign government customers. DI teams provide organizational, line, intermediate and limited depot-level maintenance from front-line fighters to commercial transport aircraft.