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Ron van der Meulen takes his time to win the trophy
October 2019

On September 10, Ron van der Meulen participated for the 19th time in VZM’s Dutch Aviation Open golf tournament. In a flight taking six hours and 45 minutes, he finally succeeded to win the Hans Minnee Challenge Trophy. Ron was touched to have won, after so many years, the trophy named after the person who encouraged him to start playing golf.2019 VZM Dutch Aviation Open participants

The clinic of this 21st edition was won by Erik Krol. He showed he was the best with the clinic exercises, even beating other clinic veterans and experienced players.

Once again, the participants had a nice day of golf with good weather, while having lots of opportunities to network in a relaxing atmosphere.

Visit the Dutch Aviation Open page to view photos, find all scores and read more about this year's tournament.


Successful VZM Diversium about effects of supplier consolidation
June 2019

Strong market growth in recent years has exacerbated the capacity constraints such as labor shortages and part supply hick-ups. Issues that need to be addressed now as it will hinder future MRO activity and growth. After an excellent introduction by Frank Walschot, CEO of SR Technics a group of senior leaders from the industry exchanged ideas about the topic.

A summary of the discussions of the May 15, 2019, VZM Diversium Can we still prevent MROs from grounding our aircraft? can found on the VZM Publications page.


VZM 2019 Market Outlook: strong industry growth exacerbates capacity constraints
March 2019

We may be in the midst of a golden age for the airline industry be it in terms of aircraft production orders and backlogs or maintenance needs. This however leads to scarcity of resources as it becomes increasingly difficult to find trained personnel and readily available spare parts to support this continuous growth.

In our VZM Market Outlook 2019 for commercial aviation & maintenance we look back at recent events and provide our thoughts regarding future developments.

Although the airline industry’s growth is diminishing in line with the world economy, capacity constraints are the talk of the town. OEMs struggle to keep pace with demand for new aircraft, supply chains are stretched beyond capacity and labor shortages are becoming a serious factor now. At the same time various interest groups oppose airport expansion in the Western world as the public opinion starts to consider the airline industry as a contributor to global warming. Technological advancements are needed to support further growth in our industry and to meet the emission targets set by the Paris Accord.

We hope you enjoy this 19th edition and look forward to your feedback and comments. The Market Outlook along with other VZM publications are freely available to subscribers of the VZM website at the Info Center. If you are not a subscriber, simply click the Subscribe-link. Subscription is free of charge and without obligation.

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2018 slower due to VZM team changes
January 2019

With the departure of two of its team members the VZM team was significant smaller during most of 2018. This resulted in less activities and projects performed by VZM. Activities started to pick-up again in the second half in which two new members joined the team: Johan Bank and Steve Williams.

Finally, at the 20th edition of VZM’s popular Dutch Aviation Open golf tournament, Ton van Deursen managed to win the Hans Minnee Challenge Trophy. Ton was with Hans Minnee the initiator of this tournament back in 1999.

In June VZM organized the 13th Diversium titled Can airlines still expect service from its consolidating suppliers? With lively discussions it turned out to be a very successful event with business leaders from all sectors of the industry. René Kalmann, former VP Procurement AFI-KLM E&M, made the introduction.

The 18th edition of VZM’s Market Outlook for commercial aviation & maintenance was published in March. Both the Market Outlook and a summary of the Diversium are freely accessible for subscribers to the VZM Newsletter at the VZM Publication page. Subscription is free of charge and without any obligations.