Kevin Michaels

Kevin Michaels

Contributing columnist Kevin Michaels is Global Managing Director -- Aviation Consulting and Services for ICF International. He is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Articles
Opinion: How Improving U.S. Competitiveness Is Shaping MRO Investment Decisions 
Recent analysis indicates North America led other regions for major MRO investments in 2012-13, and the momentum appears to be accelerating.
Opinion: Bold Moves Reposition The Once-Staid Alcoa
The last nine months were earth-shattering for Alcoa.
Opinion: How Bombardier Can Bounce Back 12
Bombardier’s cancellation of the Lear 85 is symptomatic of two much larger issues that the company must confront in the near future.
Opinion: ICF Sees A380neo Launch Likely In 2015  20
Canceling the A380 program after just a decade of production would be a political catastrophe not only for Airbus, but also for Europe.
Opinion: Rolls-Royce Should Revisit Its Corporate Strategy  1
Until recently, the future appeared bright for aeroengine titan Rolls-Royce.
Opinion: Government, University Commitments Keys To Aerospace Engineering  2
Last month, Michigan celebrated the centennial of aeronautical engineering in the U.S.
Opinion: Surplus Parts Provide New Savings Avenue For Airlines 
The surplus parts market comes of age
Airlines Forced To Revisit Their Freight Strategies 
How an industry went from growth leader to laggard
Opinion: Comac Tie-Up With Bombardier A Win-Win 1
Customer support will be crucial to the C919’s success
Opinion: China's Bumpy Road To Growth
Why China’s business aviation market is bound to disappoint
Aeroengines’ New Golden Age
How four aeroengine companies are pacing industry innovation
New Horizons For Aerospace Suppliers
Why OEMs are flocking to the U.S., Mexico and Singapore
Opinion: How Cheaper Oil Could Help, Hurt Aviation
What lower fuel costs would mean for aviation
OEMs Increase Production, Squeeze Suppliers
How Airbus and Boeing are boosting profit margins
High Hopes Dashed For Air Travel Growth 
Aviation stakeholders should contemplate a slower-growth future--including lower maintenance expenditures.
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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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

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