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 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.
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.

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