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MicroPilot Launches New Business Development Initiative
The Competitive Edge is a business process improvement
program designed by aerospace industry experts. MicroPilot is already
reaping the benefits after implementing this benchmarking-based initiative.
May 15, 2011 - Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada - MicroPilot, leader
in autopilot solutions for unmanned aerial vehicles, launches a new
business process improvement initiative. The Competitive Edge, conceptualized
by UK’s Northwest Aerospace Alliance (NWAA), is an aerospace supplier
The multi-year business improvement initiative supports MicroPilot to
better create and use benchmarks, fine-tune their vision development,
and optimize strategic business plans. MicroPilot has developed key
performance indicators to better guarantee their business plan.
“We are always looking for effective methods to critically review our
progress and identify opportunities for further improvement,” says Howard
Loewen, MicroPilot President. “MicroPilot is already successfully closing
gaps identified by implementing this program.”
So far MicroPilot has constructed a control room to familiarize its
staff of the company’s key performance indicators. Additionally, MicroPilot
instituted a new review process to ensure the company remains on track.
Furthermore, department heads collaborate with other aviation and aerospace
manufacturers to fulfill the program’s mentoring component.
Moreover, MicroPilot staff attended the Lean Learning Academy at the
BAE Samlesbury site in Lancashir, UK last spring. MicroPilot staff learned
ways to improve productivity and run a leaner and more efficient operation.
The Competitive Edge also aids Rolls Royce to better streamline the
production of their turbine engines. Additionally, Airbus relies on
the program to better their A380 airliner manufacturing. And BAE supports
their Eurofighters and F-35s manufacturing with the help of the Competitive
Edge. NWAA’s program is also locally implemented by Manitoba Aerospace.
“MicroPilot is committed to continued benchmarking to measure our progress
against the Competitive Edge’s eleven foundation processes,” says Loewen.
MicroPilot receives coaching from both the NWAA and Winnipeg Aerospace
Alliance to maintain the program’s success.
About Manitoba Aerospace
Manitoba Aerospace is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting
people and businesses to the Aerospace Industry in Manitoba. The organization
covers the third largest aerospace sector in Canada, which includes
a Boeing composites manufacturing plant, Bristol Aerospace, and Standard
Aero (the world’s largest independent gas turbine engine overhaul facility).
About Northwest Aerospace Alliance
North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) works with key stakeholders within
the aerospace industry to develop products, services, and supply chain
development programs. NWAA originated the Competitive Edge business
improvement initiative and services Airbus, Rolls Royce, and BAE manufacturing
facilities in the UK.
With 725 clients in 65 countries, MicroPilot is the world leader in
miniature autopilots for UAVs and MAVs. MicroPilot is the first UAV
autopilot manufacturer to bring to market a sub 30 gram autopilot, triple
redundant autopilot, and full-function general purpose autopilot. MicroPilot
offers a family of lightweight UAV autopilots that can fly fixed-wing,
transitional, helicopter, and Multi Rotor UAVs. MicroPilot also provides
complementary products such as the XTENDERmp SDK, trueHWIL, payloads,