Jerome Greer Chandler

Jerome Greer Chandler
Eco-Friendly Carpeting 

While the recent retinue of cabin offerings focuses on services, there’s also new pure product to be had. Consider eco-friendly carpeting.

Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners–JV Facilities 

Christchurch Engine Center (New Zealand). A JV between Pratt & Whitney and Air New Zealand.

Eagle Services Asia (Singapore). A JV involving Pratt & Whitney and SIA Engineering Co.

Shanghai Engine Center (China). A joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and China Eastern Airlines.

Turkish Engine Center (Turkey). A joint venture of Pratt & Whitney and Turkish Technic.

Asian Compressor Technology Services (Taiwan). This tripartite JV encompasses Pratt & Whitney, SIA Engineering Co., and China Airlines.

Cooperation vs Competition 

As cutting-edge technology renders powerplants exponentially more reliable—able to shun shop visits in a fashion earlier engines never could—cooperative agreements among OEMs and MROs are taking off. That is the irony of it.

Believe In Ghosts? 

Aviation maintenance professionals are not an overly superstitious lot. But they do believe in ghosts. The “ghosts” in question here are phantom components, whose very existence is shadowy, ethereal.

They manifest themselves when MROs and airlines go looking for parts. Sellers say they have the part on hand, but in reality, “they do not have the quantity they represent, or they don’t even have the part,” says Brian Tolley, president of PartsBase.

Customization Challenges 

Most airlines do it, but the MROs that maintain their flying machines don’t necessarily like it. The issue? Customized maintenance programs. More specifically, MROs must figure out how to keep turn times short and efficiency high while adhering to airlines’ differing directions.

“In most cases, you’re going to work under [a specific carrier’s] maintenance program—work off their cards, their package. And that is a real problem for an MRO,” says Jim Ganopulos, Delta TechOps’ general manager of fleet management engineering for Boeing 757s, 767s and 777s.

India's Mysore Airport Cleared For Commercial Operations 

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has cleared Mysore Airport for commercial operations. The airport has been idle since its official inauguration on May 15.

The first flight is expected to be operated by Kingfisher, arriving in Mysore on Oct. 1 from Chennai via Bengaluru. It intends to operate flights every day except Saturdays.

MROs’ Data Dance 

Here is the challenge that MRO and other industries face in this wondrous Web-synced world we inhabit: sharing vital data while keeping it safe from those who would co-opt or corrupt it.

Avalanche of Audits? 

There’s a continuous, almost cacophonous, call out there today that commands commercial aircraft main-tainers to demonstrate compliance to regulators, customers and accrediting agencies. The chosen instrument is the audit, and some claim the industry is all but awash in them.

EVA Total Audits 2009 EVA Regulatory Audits 2009 EVA Customer Audits 2009 EVA Internal Audits 2009 EVA Audit Costs 2009
43 16 23 N/A $200,000
AAR Total Audits 2009 AAR Regulatory (FAA) Audits 2009 AAR Customer Audits 2009 A
Rethinking Robotics 

Consider the potential and the reality of using robotics in MRO. One researcher dubs the chasm between the two “The Valley of Death.” Another insists the “color of money” is to blame. Either way, what is increasingly clear is that maintenance, repair and overhaul lags behind other industries when it comes to automating key processes.

New Leadership Leanings 

Shifting, or some say unsettling, dynamics dictate new and different leadership skills among independent MRO and airline maintenance and engineering executives. That is the gist of a just-completed survey conducted by executive recuitment firm Spencer Stuart and Overhaul & Maintenance.

Academia Advances MRO 

Do not blink. Over the next decade, the ways we monitor, mend and map aircraft could fundamentally change. From inflight systems that redefine “on-wing” reliability to composite algorithms that pinpoint problems and techniques that meld metals more strongly, researchers from North America to The Netherlands are making bonafide breakthroughs.

Volcanic Ash Etches windows 

Certainly the volcano beneath Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier had a demonic effect on European air travel this past spring. Ironically, O&M spoke with Aircraft Window Repairs’ Robert Cupery shortly before the eruption hit stride. He said that the airborne effluent from the June 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines (the largest of the 20th century) has finally abated.

Working with Windows 

Despite high-profile windscreen cracks that temporarily grounded a Qantas Boeing 747-400 in April, “cracking is really pretty rare,” says Michael Singley, VP of Pacific Aero Tech, a major window repair shop. He says the windscreen design in question was “almost 20 years old.” And although there’s never been an issue with it, he says, “nothing’s bulletproof. At some point [a problem] is going to rear its ugly head.”

Parting Out 

In the aircraft disassembly and parting out business, this is both the best of times and perhaps the most challenging. “Parked aircraft are at historic levels,” says Steve Connolly, president and CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services’ Asset Management Services division. “There are about 2,900 aircraft that are currently parked worldwide,” echoes Tom Stewart, president and CEO of Stewart Industries. Historically, Stewart says about 80% of aircraft that enter a storage program never emerge whole again. “They’re parted out and eventually scrapped.”

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