David J. Spanovich

David J. Spanovich
Articles
MROs May, Or May Not, Reap Low Fuel-Cost Dividends 
Although lower fuel costs may generate more MRO work as older aircraft get a new lease on life, the impact and duration of that trend is hard to predict.
Ways MROs Address Composite Material Challenges 
Efficient management of composite repairs forces MRO providers to focus on advance planning and evaluating alternatives
Keeping Up With Composite Material A Challenge For MROs 
SAN FRANCISCO—Composites continue making inroads on airframe and engine components, but for MROs in the composite structure repair business, managing the exotic carbon fiber materials and adhesives can be a logistical nightmare.
Best Practices For AMOCs To Airworthiness Directives 
Airlines, MROs can save time and money by identifying alternate methods of compliance (AMOC) for FAA airworthiness directives
Deciphering How To Comply For AMOC For An AD 
Guidelines for setting up an alternate means of compliance for an FAA airworthiness directive
Widebody MROs Gearing Up For Next-Gen Airframes
New-model aircraft will begin to generate more widebody MRO business in 2015-16, as trend moving more MRO work back to the U.S from Asia continues.
Cabin Mods Dominate Narrowbody Airframe MRO 
MRO providers finding growth opportunities in narrowbody heavy checks and cabin upgrades as operators seek to extend lives of existing aircraft.
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.
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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