Lee Ann Shay

Lee Ann
Shay
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.

Articles
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.
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  1
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.
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