Lee Ann Tegtmeier

Lee Ann Tegtmeier
Chief Editor, MRO,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

As chief editor MRO, Lee Ann Tegtmeier 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
The MRO Business Is More Complicated Than It Needs To Be 2
If we were to step back and look at MRO logically and holistically, would we structure it as it is now? Probably not.
Leasing Companies Debate Use of Alternative Parts, Repairs 
Not all national airworthiness authorities allow Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) parts, and some enable their use but restrict them—for instance—on non-rotating parts, explained Chris Gruener, senior VP technical of lessor BOC Aviation.
ST Aerospace Plans Widebody MRO Expansion In U.S. 
The city of Pensacola will build the greenfield hangar complex on 18.66 acres of land and lease it to VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering (MAE), one of two large MROs in the U.S. operated by ST Aerospace subsidiary VT Systems, for 30 years.
Confluence Of Factors Drives MRO IT Investment
Implementing a big ERP in aftermarket operations inherently is typically more complex
Dublin Aerospace Adds A330 MRO 
The MRO, launched in 2009 after taking over most of SR Technics’ operation that closed at Dublin International Airport, also provides base maintenance, auxiliary power unit and landing-gear services for Boeing 737 and A320 aircraft.
First A320neo Engines Shipped For Flight Testing 
2014 is pivotal for Pratt & Whitney’s commercial engine revival
Tips For Finding MRO Partners 

 

Partnerships bring opportunities to invest, but how do you start the conversation with potential candidates? What are best practices? One of the workshops during our MRO Americas Conference last month focused on partnerships, so I will share some of the executives’ insights. They are natural supplements to Henry Canaday’s article on page MRO4, which evaluates how and when MROs invest in new capabilities.

Commentary: Airline Execs Distill What They Seek In MRO Suppliers
What do airlines look for in an MRO provider?
Aero Gulf Shifts Strategy For CFM56 Overhaul Shop 

 

The Aero Gulf Group is confident it will make money overhauling engines in Norway, even though Pratt & Whitney incurred losses there. 

At first glance, it might seem curious that the Bahrain-based helicopter operator purchased the CFM56 propulsion shop in Stavanger from Pratt & Whitney in August 2013—especially because the Middle Eastern company is not an engine expert. Pratt & Whitney had purchased the facility from Braathens ASA in 2000 to add CFM56-3 and -7 capabilities and expand its international network.

United Expands Overnight Maintenance Capacity At Newark 

 

United Airlines opened a third widebody hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport that provides greater configuration capabilities for the line maintenance operation. The 90,000-sq.-ft. hangar can accommodate a Boeing 747-400 or a 767 and midbody such as the 737-900ER. Having this $35 million hangar also provides broader maintenance flexibility since certain functions, such as borescope testing, should be done indoors.

Forecast Sees 2019 MRO Market At $65 Billion 

 

The jet and turboprop MRO market will grow to $65.1 billion in the next five years from the projected $56.3 billion in 2014, even while the compound annual growth rate of airframe heavy maintenance labor hours drops by 0.4% during the period, according to Aviation Week’s civil aviation fleet and MRO forecast.

Factors driving this trend include MRO providers adopting continuous improvements to increase efficiency, escalating material and engine repair costs, and new aircraft deliveries continuing at a torrid pace through 2018.

MRO Merger & Acquisition Pace Remains Strong
Expect more consolidation in the civil aviation aftermarket this year, as companies try to gain scale and diversify
Paints and Coatings 

 

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Company: Leading Edge Aviation Services

 
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