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.

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.
AAR’s Chairman Explains Change In Business Portfolio 
To grow its business, MRO provider AAR diversifies its business portfolio and seeks more opportunities outside the U.S.
Telair Sale, Precision Offering Signal AAR’s Focus On Commerical MRO 
AAR’s sale of its Telair cargo manufacturing businesses to TransDigm and revelation that its Precision Manufacturing division is for sale signal the company’s intention to focus on its growing aviation-services businesses.
AAR To Sell Telair Group To TransDigm For $725 Million 
TransDigm is purchasing Telair International, Telair U.S. and Nordisk Aviation Products for $725 million in cash. AAR CEO David Storch expects to close the deal in the next 60 days.
Middle East MRO Market Forecast: $4.6 Billion In 2015  1
The commercial aviation MRO market in the Middle East is growing at a faster rate than the global average, driven by work on widebody aircraft.
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