eAMRO 2023

New Delhi. 22 April 2023. It was a platform which not only brainstormed the current status of the Indian MRO industry but also put forth futuristic needs of the industry and the customer, to make India the hub. The 2nd International Conference on Emerging Trends in Aviation MRO Industry [EAMRO 2023] was successfully organized by Aviakul Group of Companies on 22 April 2023 at Indian Aviation Academy. Emerging trends such as convergence of civil & defence in MRO, digitization of MRO and challenges in implementing new age solutions were the focus of debate at the show.

Lt. Gen. Ajay Kumar Suri, Director General & Colonel Commandant
Lt. Gen Ajay Kumar Suri DG & Colonel Commandant Army Aviation Indian Army as first speaker of the panel

Lt. Gen. Ajay Kumar Suri, Director General & Colonel Commandant, Army Aviation presided the opening ceremony as Chief Guest and initiated the conference. He also actively participated in the Panel Discussion on Convergence of Civil & Defence Applications in MRO Industry where Private Manufacturers & Stakeholders took an active part in cross vertical MRO applications.

The Opening Ceremony also witnessed key addresses from Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh, Former Air Officer in Charge Maintenance, Indian Air Force, R. P. Kashyap, Director Operations, Directorate General of Civil Aviation & Indian Aviation Academy and Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra, former DG DRDO who delivered his opening remarks virtually.

The day began with an interesting and intriguing panel discussion on Convergence of Civil & Defence Applications in MRO Industry.

Air Marshal Sukchain Singh (Retd) addressing the gathering
Air Marshal Sukchain Singh (Retd) addressing the gathering

Panelists included Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh, Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana, Lt. Gen. Dharam Vir Kalra,  Anirrban Batacharrya,  Mangalam Pandey with Col. K. V. Kuber, Director – Aerospace & Defence, Ernst & Young leading the Panel as Moderator.

Lt. Gen. Ajay Kumar Suri participated in the panel as a Special Invitee. The Panel discussed several issues & bottlenecks in achieving the said convergence and how all the stakeholders can work together in making India a Global MRO Hub in the nearest possible future.

Followed by Panel Discussion, Dr. Harpreet A de Singh, Executive Director, Air India Limited, delivered a Keynote Lecture in Women in Aviation. She boldly questioned the existing practices in society which is preventing Women to take up Aviation related career options and highlighted how Indian Women Pilots’ Association is working closely with the parents of girl children to change this societal mindset and encourage women to take up Aviation.

Today,digital transformation is not an option but a necessity, which provides a way through which any disruption or future uncertainties could be navigated. Resonating with these thoughts, a Panel Discussion on Digital MRO: Are we ready? took place with enthusiastic participation from Ashwani Sharma, Arun Kumar Bansal,  Mangalam Pandey,  Prashanth Gupta and  Saurav Gupta.

Key points including but not limited to the need for skill training at the grass root level has been discussed and with Indian Carriers increasing their Aircraft fleet, are MROs in India capable of coping up to the challenge in the next five years? Answering this with precise strategy,  Pulak Sen delivered anenthralling Keynote Lecture setting a vision MRO 2030: Indian Roadmap.  Manoj Kumar Paidisetty, representing the civil aviation regulatory authority, addressed the gathering on the importance of Safety and the challenges involved in solving them.

 Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra
Virtual msg of Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra Former DG DRDO

A Panel Discussion on Challenges in implementing New Age MRO solutions resonated well with the audience as the panelists were able to connect with them on a day-to-day problem being faced. Panelists included  Ajay Kumar, Maniraj Rajagopalan, Gp. Capt. Sanjay Shah, Vinod Kumar Shukla  and  Vijay Kumar Jha actively interacted with the audience making the final session of the day an one.

Vaibhav Varun MD, Aviakul Group gave the concluded remarks with R. P. Kashyap unveiling the banner for the next edition of Global Sustainable Aviation Conclave – Chapter 2 in October 2023 in New Delhi.