David J. Spanovich

David J. Spanovich
Articles
Test Equipment Access Increasingly Tied To OEM Partnerships 
OEMs restrict access to testing equipment to grow aftermarket revenues, motivating MRO providers to form partnerships with them.
New Aircraft-tracking Systems Address ICAO Mandate 
Several companies are developing aircraft-tracking systems designed to prevent any repetition of the MH 370 disappearance in 2014.
What’s Lurking Behind Aircraft Lavatory Changes
The lavatory is becoming a focal point for finding additional weight-savings and cabin space, not to mention reduced maintenance.
For A Clean Lavatory, An Ultra-Violet Light Solution 
Boeing plans to use UV light to automatically clean lavatory surfaces, reducing MRO workload.
MRO Workforce Shortage Looms, As Providers Seek Solutions 
The aviation aftermarket will offer growing career opportunities over many years, but avionics, composites and soft skills are often lacking in new hires.
Hard To Find Young Narrowbody Engines For Teardown 
Engine retirements are slowing, and ramp-up in certain engine overhauls is increasing, which puts pressure on serviceable material supplies.
Hard To Find Young Narrowbody Engines For Teardown 
Engine retirements are slowing, and ramp-up in certain engine overhauls is increasing, which puts pressure on serviceable material supplies.
Aftermarket Expands In Mexico, But NAFTA Threat Looms  6
MRO providers in Mexico continue expansion, focusing on growth in Mexico’s commercial aviation traffic but looking for cross-border opportunities as well.
Landing Gear Moving To On-Condition MRO  1
“The increasing use of composites in landing gear will accelerate a trend toward more on-condition maintenance and away from heavy overhauls,” says Tjaard Sijpkes, head of technologies for Fokker Landing Gear.
Why Turboprop MRO Is, And Will Remain, Brisk 
Upgrades of avionics and engines should keep MRO for turboprop aircraft booming for the foreseeable future.
Airlines Upgrade Flight Decks, Allowing Higher-Precision Navigation  6
With the next-generation air traffic management era commencing in North America and Europe in 2020, the airline avionics retrofit market will grow as more legacy aircraft see extended service.
How Bird Strikes Impact Engines  19
Engines sustain the highest percentage of actual damage among major aircraft components.
Why Airlines, Aftermarket Struggle With Digital Record-Keeping 10
Paper accounts for about 90% of all commercial airliner maintenance records globally, which increases the risk of incomplete information.
Aircraft Health Monitoring Sensors Cutting MRO Costs 3
Although still being tested, improved aircraft-monitoring sensors show promise for reducing the need for hands-on maintenance, as well as MRO costs.
Southwest Installing Advanced Airplane Health Monitoring Sensors 
To improve monitoring of engine function, Southwest will install bleed air temperature-monitoring sensors on its 737NG fleet.
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