Charles Edwards

Experience. Insight. Results.

tactical responses, MRB crib, MRP system, customer schedule
March 30, 2020

Tactical Responses With Strategy In Mind

In this time of great uncertainty, there is nothing for aerospace and defense manufacturers to do but deal tactically with the constantly changing environment. Their plates are full just trying to deal with....

737MAX, Boeing, Spirit, return to service, inventory, Tier 2, Tier 3, aerostructures subtiers
January 28, 2020

more max turbulence

737MAX is once again in the news, only this time not for what it isn’t doing.  On December 23 of last year, the same day Dennis Muilenberg resigned, Boeing announced it would shut down production of the 737MAX in January and told suppliers to stop parts shipments for a month.    On January 10 of this year....

delivery rates, supplier performance, supplier capacity, raw materials
December 9, 2019

Incentive to invest?

Which is more critical to achieving delivery rates – supplier performance or supplier capacity?  In the midst of the concerns about when MAX will return to service a narrative has emerged that the grounding has benefited the supply chain by giving...

earnings roundup, Airbus, Collins Aerospace, Lockheed Martin
September 8, 2019

Earnings roundup

Headlines:   Although the lead story in the industry continues to be the 737MAX grounding, Airbus faces challenges of its own. Engine delays are impacting   deliveries of the A320. (Engine issues are also  delaying 777-X’s  entry into service). And Collins Aerospace...

FAA re-certification, inspection, delegation process, 737MAX, delegated acceptance process
June 14, 2019


There is a thread emerging from the fallout of the 737 MAX crash investigations that is likely to impact not only Boeing but all of its supply chain.  A Joint...