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.

MRO Market In Period Of Transition 
Compiling Aviation Week’s Top 10 Airframe MROs list shows how aftermarket companies are preparing for the future.
Aviation Week Announces Top 10 Airframe MRO Providers 
MROs are ramping up new capabilities and investing in IT to prepare for the next generation of airframes.
Top 10 Airframe MROs 
Aviation Week's biennial survey examines 2014 data to assess airframe maintenance providers. These are 10 of the biggest.
Low Fuel Prices Contribute To Fewer Aircraft Being Torn Down 
However, “in the past 6-9 months, the retirement rates have eased off slightly,” said David Rushe, a sales and marketing manager for Magellan Aviation Group.
Christchurch First Facility In Pratt GTF MRO Network 

Pratt & Whitney’s Christchurch Engine Center will be the first facility in its geared turbofan MRO network, outside of the OEM and its partners MTU and Japan Aero Engine Corp. The Christchurch MRO—a joint venture (JV) between Air New Zealand and Pratt & Whitney—will overhaul the PW1100G-JM, which powers the Airbus A320neo. Air New Zealand ordered three A321neos and 10 A320neos in 2014. Pratt controls 51% of the JV.

Top 10 MRO Innovations Of The Last 20 Years
As part of the MRO Americas 20th anniversary celebration, we highlight 10 of the top MRO innovations over the last two decades.
Southwest To Move to Mxi Software
The airline hopes to gain efficiencies and reduce complexity, while at the same time ensuring the highest levels of reliability and compliance.
Ranger Invests In InTech Aerospace To Grow Interior Services 
Often done to coincide with an aircraft down for a heavy check, an InTech team comes in and removes the interior, cleans and overhauls the components and then reinstalls the cabin as a turnkey service.
United Airlines Moving Tech-Ops Data, Considering New Systems
This big project is one of the last pieces of merging the operations of Continental and United. Airlines frequently save the tech-ops piece as a last step because of the complexity and scope—as well as the process changes that are first required.
Aviation Week Announces 2015 MRO Of The Year Award Winners
Aviation Week’s 2015 honorees provide examples of how creative aftermarket solutions deepen service value for customers.
MROs Expanding In Central America: Aeroman And Coopesa
Aeroman and Coopesa are the largest MRO providers in Central America. See how they are building their businesses by adding new capabilities and hangars.
AerGen Leasing Seeks Mid-Life Aircraft 
This will be the third leasing-company launch for Genise, who set up Dubai Aerospace Enterprise’s leasing division—DAE Capital—and founded Boullioun Aviation Services before that.
Industry Execs See Inflection Point in MRO Industry 
Streamlining isn’t always easy. But in the case of technology, it might be.
Aeroman and Coopesa On Fast Growth Track 
Two companies dominate MRO work in Central America; both came from modest beginnings and grew in stature in a remarkably short time—thanks to hard work and strategic links.
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May 28, 2015

Videos: F-35B Operational Test Trials 19

Aviation Week's Senior Pentagon Editor witnessed aviation history aboard USS Wasp for the first-ever F-35B Operational Test (OT-1) trials off the coast of North Carolina. Watch her videos....More
May 22, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

Images gathered May 16 with cameras from an altitude of 4,500 miles have again prompted speculation the spacecraft has spotted ice deposits on the 600 mile wide minor planet....More
May 18, 2015

Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015

Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015

NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

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