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 Inside MRO.

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. In 2017, Lee Ann won the Aerospace Media Awards' Best Future Tech submission. 

She holds a B.A. in English and political science from Luther College and an M.A. in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University.

IAG Embeds Start-ups In London Operation To Transform Travel, Operations 

The International Aviation Group (IAG) launched its third Hangar 51 accelerator program this week by embedding 10 start-ups within British Airways, IAG Cargo and Avios, its reward currency program.

“Hangar 51 has a unique approach of bringing the start-ups to the heart of our business and harnessing their potential to transform the future of travel,” says an IAG spokesperson.

As Brexit Nears, UK Civil Aviation Authority Plans 
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) wants to stay within the EASA system after the UK exits the European Union (Brexit) but given that the UK government hasn’t determined how it will exit, CAA is preparing for a Hard Brexit, a scenario where no mutually beneficial deal is reached.
Wizz Air signs with UTC Aerospace Systems For V2500 Overhauls 
Wizz Air signed a five-year UTC Aerospace Systems to overhaul its Airbus A320ceo thrust reversers, the Hungarian LCC said Oct. 17.
Bahama’s Western Air Adds ERJ-145s, Embraer Component Support 
Caribbean carrier Western Air, based in The Bahamas, recently purchased three Embraer ERJ-145s from the manufacturer and has signed a multi-year component support agreement with the OEM, Embraer said Oct. 16.
Delta To Use Airbus Skywise Predictive Maintenance On A320, A330 Fleet 
As part of Delta TechOps’ investment in predictive maintenance technology, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines signed a multi-year contract with Airbus to use its Skywise open-data platform for its Airbus A320s and A330s—about 400 aircraft, the two companies said Oct. 15.
First Rolls Engine Inducted Into New Delta Service Center 
As Virgin Atlantic’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 arrived at Delta TechOps’ new 127,000-ft.2 engine center on Oct. 1, it not only became the first engine to enter the new shop for maintenance, but it also launched Delta’s operation as a Rolls-Royce Authorized Service Center.
The Hype Factor Behind Emerging Technologies And Blockchain 
Many emerging technologies have the potential to remake the MRO landscape, but separating hype from reality can be difficult.
Lufthansa Technik Chairman Seeks Other Stakeholders For Digital Platform 
Lufthansa Technik, the biggest MRO in the world, openly invites competitors to join forces in its digital platform to fight potential OEM monopolies.
Portugalia Adapts To Feeder Role For TAP 
After being acquired as a regional feeder by TAP, Portugalia strives to stay nimble and innovative while growing.
Expect High Adoption Of Blockchain In Next Few Years
Aerospace and defense industry one of highest in planning to integrate blockchain into their systems.
CFM Clarifies IATA Agreement Aftermarket Policies
CFM published the Conduct Policies on its website, but people have misconstrued some of the legal language, so the OEM sets it straight.
Nordam Could Emerge From Bankruptcy This Year 
Nordam could soon resolve the lawsuit with Pratt & Whitney over the nacelles it manufactures for the Gulfstream G500 and G600 and emerge from bankruptcy in the next few months.
Options For Parts Replacement In High Demand 
MROs and airlines have many options when selecting parts, including PMA, OEM, user serviceable material and, in some cases, making their own.
How A United Regional Carrier Is Growing 
CommutAir teams with United to implement an ambitious expansion plan.
Push To Industrialize Additive Manufacturing in Aviation 
Is it any surprise that additive manufacturing is generating so much interest lately?
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