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
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 

 

1. Painting Services

Company: Leading Edge Aviation Services

Aviation Week Announces MRO Award Winners
Aviation Week honors aftermarket excellence
Acquisitions and Efficiencies Robust in MRO

Sometimes being an outsider can prove beneficial. You get to look at something with a fresh perspective and discriminate between the positives and negatives as you learn the details.

Signature Strengthens Presence In London With JETS Acquisition 
Signature Flight Support is adding a fourth London-area fixed-base operation (FBO) with the acquisition of the FBO assets of the JETS facility at London Biggin Hill.
Lufthansa Technik Focuses On Asia MRO Growth
Expects group’s revenues to grow from 15% of total business to 20%
JAL, SR Technics Sign $220 Million MRO Contract
The seven-year contract covers CFM56-7 overhauls on 737NG fleet
Lufthansa Technik Focuses On Asia MRO Growth
Lufthansa Technik Chairman August Henningsen wants to serve the Asia-Pacific region as broadly as possible in the aftermarket
Ruag Launches Luxurious Bizjet Interior Offerings 
Business jet owners are starting to again invest in the lifestyle aspects of cabins, from seat upgrades to new galleys and showers. Painting and other “looks” items are picking up as well, says Michael Sattler, VP of business aviation for Ruag Aviation.
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