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.

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.
Air India MRO Expanding Third-Party Services 
The green field MRO will cater initially to Boeing 777 and Airbus A320 aircraft and provide C checks, with major maintenance checks planned for later, according to Rajeev Dandona, assistant general manager the AIESL.
Sanad Expands Portfolio, Holds $950 Million In Assets 
Sanad recently acquired its first GEnx and GP7200 engines, expanding the portfolio which also consists of 10 CFM56-5Bs, six CFM56-7Bs, five GE90s, six Trent 700s and one CF34.
Middle East MRO Market Forecast At $4.6 Billion
The Middle East commercial aviation MRO market is growing at a faster rate than the global average and the majority of expenditures are driven by widebody aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik Considers Doubling Dubai Presence
LHTMES could announce a letter of intent this week for a space that could be ready in a little more than a year, according to Ziad Faisal Al Hazmi, CEO of the Dubai-based company.
Latin America and Middle East Poised for MRO Growth, But Face Challenges 1

Is Latin American MRO ready for growth? The region accounts for 8% of the 27,531 aircraft in the 2014 global fleet and 6% of the MRO value of $62.1 billion—but Jonathan Berger, vice president of ICF International, predicts this MRO market will grow to $5.9 billion by 2024, at 5.2% per annum. 

Sustained Low Fuel Prices Could Harm Profits Longer Term 
Speaking at Aviation Week’s MRO Latin America Conference, ICF International Vice President Jonathan Berger points out fuel typically accounts for about 30% of an airline’s budget.
Aerolineas Argentinas Fleet Renewal Includes More A330s
The carrier operates 69 aircraft, comprised of seven Airbus A340-200/300s, four A330-200s, 36 Boeing 737-700/800s and 22 Embraer 190s.
Top 10 Near-Term MRO Trends For 2015 
We are betting on these near-term MRO trends for 2015.
MRO’s Market Nuances In 2015 
The commercial aviation MRO market value is predicted to be $56.3 billion in 2015.
MRO Around the World
Take a look at some of the news in the world's regions that will influence the civil aviation aftermarket in 2015. That market will be worth about $56.3 billion in 2015, according to an Aviation Week forecast.
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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