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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 development program.

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.

About MicroPilot

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, and catapults.

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