Lee Ann Shay

Lee Ann
Chief Editor, MRO,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

As chief editor MRO, Lee Ann Shay directs Aviation Week's coverage of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), including the Aviation Week & Space Technology MRO Edition.
She won the World Leadership Forum’s Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in 2009 (propulsion category) and in 2002 (maintenance category), and has been a finalist in other years.
She holds a B.A. in English and political science from Luther College and an M.A. in nonfiction writing from John Hopkins University.

Four European Airline Execs Outline What They Expect From MROs 
As MRO needs change over the next few years, carriers are looking for innovations in the aftermarket that will help them be more cost-effective.
Copa Finds Ways To Cut Costs  3
“There are not enough good component suppliers in Latin America,” according to Copa Airlines Vice President-Technical Operations Ahmad Zamany, who would like to see more options outside of Miami.
IATA Report Shows Increase In Outsourcing 
Preliminary data from IATA’s Maintenance Cost Task Force’s (MCTF) annual report on airline costs show that outsourcing continues to steadily increase.
Expect More Horizontal and Vertical Integration In MRO Market 
Entry into service of new commercial airliners, along with growing stream of data from aircraft and parts, creating challenges and opportunities for MRO providers.
Expect VAS Aero Services To Invest In New Assets Soon 
VAS Aero Services is under new ownership, has a new CEO and is planning to invest millions of dollars in new assets.
TAM To Open MRO Hangar At GRU In 2017
TAM Airlines plan to construct a R$100 million ($26.6 million) maintenance hangar at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) that it expects will cut R$40 million annually in operational costs by focusing more activities around the hub.
MRO Innovations Can Offset Flat Market Projections 
Technological innovations are exciting, but they also require an engaged workforce.
Lufthansa Technik Starts MRO In Puerto Rico With Spirit 
The MRO plans to open a second line in November, to perform four C checks for JetBlue, according to Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico CEO Elmar Lutter.
Paris Air Show Aftermarket Deals Are A Big Deal 
Non-OEM agreements were both plentiful and substantial, a true bellwether of the strength of the MRO market.
AAR Closing Hot Springs RJ MRO Facility
AAR’s 2015 fiscal year—which ended May 31 and results of which will be released in July—evolved around a three-phase plan to streamline its operation and focus on aviation and expeditionary services, while providing a bigger return to investors.
AAR Closing Hot Springs Facility 
AAR is closing its 60,000-sq.-ft. regional aircraft MRO facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and moving the two lines of work, both from one customer, to its 300,000-sq.-ft. facility in Oklahoma City.
Guarding Against Unapproved Parts 
Recent incidents involving falsified records for key components underscores—again—the need to be ever vigilant.
IBM, Airbus Partner On Life Cycle Management Platform
IBM rolls out solution designed for the configuration of an aircraft.
IBM Partners With Airbus On Platform for Life-Cycle Management 
As part of this, IBM has partnered with Airbus to develop two versions of Maximo for Aviation—one dedicated to MRO and a broader one that works across an entire life cycle of a fleet—either of a single aircraft type or of a mixed fleet.
MRO Market In Period Of Transition 
Compiling Aviation Week’s Top 10 Airframe MROs list shows how aftermarket companies are preparing for the future.

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