Conversion Break Down

Jenny Rogers (Washington) Sep 17, 2012
1. The Aircraft Converter Supplier: Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) Location: Miami

Airlines And MRO Decipher Cloud Options For Data

Henry Canaday (Washington) Sep 17, 2012
In the coming years, aircraft maintenance data will likely shift to cloud storage, which is simply a much more economical way of storing, sharing, managing and using data.

Far-Reaching Ramifications Of FAA Fuel-Tank Rule

Sean Broderick (Washington) Sep 17, 2012
Washington Impact of Fuel-Tank Rule Deadline Extensions Unclear

EASA Tackles Test Flight Safety, High Fees

Mario Pierobon (Lucerne, Switzerland) Sep 17, 2012
Lucerne, Switzerland From Test Flights To Fees Concerns In an industry as dynamic and as driven by technological innovation as aviation, it is only natural to witness an evolution of the regulatory framework. Europe, of course, is not immune and, even if most of the recent regulatory efforts have been in the field of flight operations, the maintenance and engineering component of the aviation business also has had to adapt to a set of regulatory changes.

LAN’S Planning Director Discusses Latam Synergies

Lee Ann Tegtmeier (Santiago, Chile) Sep 17, 2012
Alejandro Fischer Director for planning and fleet diagnosis, LAN Airlines Birthplace: Santiago, Chile Education: Industrial civil engineering, Universidad Catolica de Chile Career: Contracts and guarantees senior manager at LAN (2006-08); supplies and logistics senior manager (2008-10); development director (2010-May 2012).

Seeing The Data Forest For The Trees

Lee Ann Tegtmeier Sep 17, 2012
Do you ever wonder whether you have too many electronic devices? In my case, keeping my mix of work and personal Blackberrys, iPhones, iPads and laptops charged and continually available seems redundant sometimes. I very much appreciate how Apple has simplified electronic media and data usage—allowing me to easily update it, sync it between multiple devices simultaneously, and back it up in a cloud with a simple click. Given all of the log-ins and passwords we have to remember, using one in a secure environment to complete multiple tasks quickly is simply a joy.

Widebody Maintenance In North America Transitioning

Paul Seidenman (San Francisco), David J. Spanovich (San Francisco) Sep 17, 2012
For North American widebody airframe MROs, the market dynamics are changing, as vendors' focus shifts to the midsize Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 families and away from the 747, whose maintenance has evolved into a niche business.

Aveos Asset Divestment Moves Forward

Sean Broderick Jul 02, 2012
The June 7 initial bid deadline for bankrupt Canadian MRO provider Aveos's assets passed with mixed news, including indications that Air Canada is willing to help land work for the buyers of the engine and component businesses, while no bids were received for Aveos's airframe assets.

Parting Company In The Used Aircraft Market

Lee Ann Tegtmeier Jul 02, 2012
Welcome to the first Aviation Week & Space Technology MRO Edition! Each monthly edition is for readers like you who are involved in the airline aftermarket. Overhaul & Maintenance readers will find the same editorial elements, except in a different order—plus you get this week's regular AW&ST. We embedded two data-rich media extras in the iPad version of the magazine, which is available to you free through Zinio ( AW&ST subscribers who register their subscriptions can view the extras at

Super Spares

Kristin Majcher Jul 02, 2012
3. Super Spares Distributor: A J Walter Aviation Applications: A J Walter operates out of London, Dubai, Singapore and Miami with aircraft spares stock, and also has a presence in Central Europe and on the U.S. West Coast.

Chasing Parts

Kristin Majcher Jul 02, 2012
2. Chasing Parts Distributor: Chase Aerospace Applications: Chase Aerospace offers a specialized APU market on its website, offering many types of Honeywell, Hamilton Sundstrand and Pratt & Whitney APUs. Specifications: APU types include Honeywell GTCP85/331/131/36, Hamilton Sundstrand APS2000/3200/5000/500 and Pratt & Whitney PW901A.

Equity Firms Add MRO IT To Hangar Investments

Henry Canaday Jul 02, 2012
Consolidation of MRO providers continues, with some buyers adding software to their hard hangar assets. Moelis Capital Partners (MCP) recently acquired its third aviation services platform in the past two years with the purchase of Mxi Technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but industry analysts say it was valued at less than $100 million.

Quantum Leap

Kristin Majcher Jul 02, 2012
1. Quantum Leap Distributor: Component Control Applications: Quantum Control software offers modules for inventory management, purchase orders, requests and management, receiving, vendor quotes and more.

ATR Eyes Longer Life Limit For Its 72

Jerome Greer Chandler Jul 02, 2012
The economic life of the ATR 72 is 70,000 cycles, but based on innovation from the manufacturer and operators alike, ATR is “evaluating the possibility” of setting the limit even higher. Cycle ceilings are important, but it's the optimization of operations during that economic lifetime that matters most.

North American 747 Operators Face MRO Dilemma

Paul Seidenman, David Spanovich Jul 02, 2012
For U.S. Boeing 747-400 operators, going outside the country for heavy airframe maintenance may be the only choice, as North American MRO capacity for the huge aircraft becomes increasingly limited. It's easy to see why, given what has become a relatively small number of aircraft.

Innovative Inventory

Kristin Majcher Jul 02, 2012
4. Innovative Inventory Distributor: Aero Inventory Applications: offers new features such as single and multiple parts searches, and creation and printing of quotations. Its central distribution hub is at Singapore's Changi Airport.

IFE System Manufacturers And Service Providers

Kristin Majcher Jul 02, 2012
1. All the Rave Manufacturer: IMS Applications: IMS has 10 airline customers flying with the Rave IFE system. Specifications: Each seatback display unit in the seat-centric IFE system contains its own content with on-demand audio and video. Air Niugini recently added Rave, with first installations to start early next year. Link 600

Transaero’s MRO Expansion Parallels Fleet Plans

Jens Flottau (Frankfurt) Jul 02, 2012
What started as routine maintenance for Transaero Airlines turned into an MRO acquisition. The Russian airline had chosen Shannon Repair Services (SRS) to refurbish its aircraft to make them Wifi-enabled, but subsequently decided to invest in the MRO and take it over. The move is giving Transaero access to another in-house maintenance base.

V2500 Overhauls Present Rich Opportunity

Jim Mathews, Sean Broderick Jul 02, 2012
With a record year in the offing for 2012, the three-year worldwide market for overhauls of International Aero Engines V2500 medium turbofans is expected to top $6 billion, half of which will come from carriers in the U.S., China and the U.K.

Equity Firms Take Interest In Consolidating MROs

Henry Canaday Jul 02, 2012
Aviation financiers and manufacturers remain strongly interested in consolidating maintenance, even if the process seems slow at times.

Avia Solutions Leader Discusses Diversification

Lee Ann Tegtmeier (Vilnius) Jul 02, 2012
Avia Solutions Group Chairman Gediminas Ziemelis talks about how the fast-growing company primarily targets the 300 airlines within a 3-hr. flight of its headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania, but operates from 40 locations worldwide.

Delta TechOps Pursues Parts Repair Technology

Kristin Majcher Jul 02, 2012
The first-stage engine blade on one of Delta Air Lines' fleet of 152 CFM CFM56-7 engines may cost around $1,000, but the ramifications of unmitigated pitting and cracking can cost much more in unscheduled maintenance. To prevent this corrosion pitting, fretting, stress corrosion cracking or foreign object damage from causing major problems in its fleet of 152 CFM56-7 engines, Delta TechOps partnered with Lambda Technologies of Cincinnati to develop a technology called low-plasticity burnishing (LPB).

Proposed Repair Station Rules May Increase Part 145 Complexity

Sean Broderick (Washington) Jul 02, 2012
The FAA's new proposed repair station regulations appear to mix much-needed improvements with bureaucratic burdens that may ultimately increase the complexity of Part 145 certification and compliance, initial analysis of the major proposal reveals.

Industry Attempts To Cut Costs Of Lease Transfers

Henry Canaday Jul 02, 2012
Transferring leased aircraft between different regulatory authorities can cause headaches and add maintenance costs.

Zurich Airport Under Review After Accident Findings

Jens Flottau (Frankfurt) Jul 02, 2012
Frankfurt Tight Space