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.

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.
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.
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 14

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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