David J. Spanovich

David J. Spanovich
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NextGen, Obsolescence Driving Avionics Refurbs
Parts scarcity and evolving ATM requirements push airlines to modernize cockpits
Investments In Engine Technology Help To Cut Fuel Burn
Fuel savings, durability are behind enhanced powerplant repairs
Digital Technology Drives Maintenance Documentation 

The proliferation of mobile devices and software that enables increasingly more complex data distribution and handling could lead to the most significant evolution in maintenance documents management since the transition from paper to electronic formats.

OEMs Offer New Generation Support For Next-Gen Jets
Airframe OEMs' support plans for next-gen jets go beyond what earlier models received
Americas Aftermarket Adjusts To Major Industry Changes
Airlines, MROs and OEMs adjust to big shift in business dynamic
Environment Driving Next Generation Of Engine Coatings 

Blowing sand in the Middle East and high levels of airborne particulate matter from industrial pollution in Asia are parts of the impetus behind a new generation of thermal barrier coatings (TBC) designed to better protect engine components and withstand corrosive elements.

TBC corrosion is becoming a growing issue, specifically attributable to the build-up of calcium magnesium aluminosilicates (CMAS).

Notes on Nacelles 

As more nacelles are made of composites, their repair market is becoming quite diverse.

“Fleet transitions are adding complexity, failure modes vary as aircraft age, and operators are customizing work scopes to fit their needs,” says Meredith Siegfried, CEO of Nordam, a major nacelle OEM and repair specialist.

Siegfried says most of today's nacelle work stems from mature aircraft, which generally employ comparable technologies and materials, so today's primary focus is on doing the work faster and cheaper.

U.S. Firefighting Airtanker Modernization Impeded 
The U.S. will be facing yet another fire season with a dwindling number of aging airtankers.
MRO Spending Picks Up For Older Widebodies
Widebody operators face a new supply and demand paradigm.
Narrowbody MRO Continues On Even Keel 
Narrowbody maintenance will be driven by the Boeing 737 over the next three years.
Airlines Seeking Software Solutions For Avionics Upgrades
Airlines are attempting to increase avionics functionality through upgrades.
Airlines Changing MRO Supplier Clauses
In the arcane world of airline technical services purchasing, the dynamics are changing along with the economics of the industry.
Next-Gen Engines Give Airlines Cost-Saving Options
Materials advancements promise next-gen engine energy efficiency
Widebody Maintenance In North America Transitioning 

For North American widebody airframe MROs, the market dynamics are changing, as vendors' focus shifts to the midsize Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 families and away from the 747, whose maintenance has evolved into a niche business.

Synergies Evolve In Southwest-AirTran Integration
Southwest's playbook to merge smaller carrier into operations
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