Boosting the growth of MRO Industry
Aviation Update|August 2021
Dr. Praveen Srivastava, Founder & CEO - AeroChamp, in conversation with our Special Editor Rohith Reddy on the reforms needed in the industry
Rohith Reddy

You have taken an unusual path covering various studies and leveling up in the Aviation industry. Could you brief your multi-faceted profile to our readers?

With a Bachelors in Science from Mumbai University, MBA from Pune University and PhD in Aviation MRO, I have handled senior management positions in the aviation industry over past 2 decades. My in-depth research in aviation maintenance gave me an opportunity to acquire knowledge, which I utilized during my professional journey in the aviation industry. My doctorate in MRO (aviation maintenance) helped me gain insights on the challenges faced by the MRO industry in India, which according to me is still in the nascent stage. My passion towards learning and knowledge enhancement encouraged me to do LLB from Mumbai university in the year 2018 and I specialize in the Indian Aircraft Act.

Having travelled to 32 countries multiple times, I network well with the global aviation fraternity and have been advising Aviation companies in the US and MROs in the Middle East and South Asia on their organic and inorganic growth strategies.

How did this experience paved way for your ventures? What ignited you to establish ‘AeroChamp’?

My educational qualifications combined with senior management industry experience was the right mix to set up an aviation enterprise differentiating itself from others. We are a knowledge partner for aviation companies in India and abroad. Our team consists of highly qualified and experienced industry professionals, specializing in commercial and business jet maintenance. We expertise in maintenance cost optimization and offer complete engineering services as an extension of EASA DOA and FAA DER.

In the past I have executed major avionics and structural modification programs; for the first time drilling the fuselage of a mid-size business jet to install Inmarsat antenna, cabin wi-fi and mobile controlled wireless cabin entertainment system along with cockpit upgrade. Such major modification was never done in India before and it required the depth of knowledge and capability to execute such a project for the first time in India.

I am on a mission to make India the MRO hub of South Asia. Some of the investor-driven airframe maintenance organizations have not developed engineering capabilities to match global standards, hence operators continue to fly their business jets to Dubai, Singapore and Europe for major maintenance and upgrade, thus burdening the exchequer of India with the outflow of foreign exchange. This has always concerned me, so we established AeroChamp to offer our expertise to the MROs and aircraft operators.

What are the various services that you are offering at AeroChamp Aviation?

At AeroChamp our core expertise is maintenance cost optimization through indigenization of non-critical components, developing repair schemes and repair procedures. We also offer maintenance support and complete engineering services as extended EASA DOA and FAA DER. We are in the process of setting up a world-class engineering design center in Navi-Mumbai to support the civil and defense aviation.

Other than MRO support services, AeroChamp also specializes in cabin interior refurbishment, upgrade and modification of commercial and business jet aircraft. We have been associated with major modification projects for both civil and defense aircraft. Recently our expertise was recognized at global level and my editorial interview on Asian Market was published by Business Jet Interiors International magazine.

Both Civil and Defense Aviation in Asia and Middle East regions are experiencing the highest demand in the recent past which has increased the backlogs in the manufacturer`s order books. How is MRO industry preparing to meet up with the maintenance of expanding number of aircraft?

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