Cavitation by JOY FINNEGAN

Airlines are like pumps. Money pumps. I have used this analogy to explain how airlines can go from billions in profits to the brink of disaster in seemingly no time at all. I cannot take credit for it but I don’t remember where or who to attribute it to. But it is so relevant right…

Safety is our Number One Priority

Safety is our number one priority. How many companies make this claim? How many include this philosophy in their mission statement? How many times have you heard this statement during your aviation career? Almost every single company in the aviation industry includes this statement in their company mission state;ment. But have we lost sight of…

Where Shall We Begin

There is so much going on the MRO, aviation in general, the world and in this issue of our publication, that I hardly know where to start. So I will dive right in. As we went to press, Southwest Airlines was in the process of speeding up inspections of close to 40 (and possibly as…

MAX Saga Continues

In May I wrote here about the Boeing 737 MAX situation up to that time. Boeing was optimistically predicting the MAX to be up and flying by August. But August has come and gone and the predictions became September…October…December and even now the latest talk is January of 2020 or beyond. Southwest doesn’t plan to…

There We Grow Again

Aviation Maintenance’s parent company, Aerospace & Security Media holds an annual conference and exhibition and it is growing. This event started out as The Avionics Show covering all the latest avionics developments in the industry. As connectivity in aviation became paramount to customer satisfaction and on time efficiency in the airline industry, this track was…

If It Ain’t Boeing

The Boeing 737 MAX issue continues to play out in the aviation world. Airlines have extended flight cancellations involving the MAX well into the summer. Upwards into the thousands of flights will ultimately be cancelled. Inconvenience. Lost revenue. But nothing compared to the lives already lost. Meanwhile, Boeing is feverishly trying to ensure their software…

The Situation at Southwest

During the last year, things have gotten heated in the hangars at Southwest. Accusations have been lobbed back and forth between the company, its mechanics and the union that represents them, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA). A complaint brought to the FAA has been investigated and a letter dated February 26, 2019 sent in…

Judge Not (at Least Not Too Soon)

By now, you have heard much about the Lion Air crash on October 29, 2018. But let’s recap. Right after Lion Air Flight 610 crashed after requesting to return to the airport, reports began to be floated about the maintenance of the aircraft. Edward Sirait, the president of the airline, told reporters that the plane…

Adaptation

Adapting to new ideas and thinking is hard but we must do it. For all of us in the aviation maintenance industry, we must not only embrace change, but anticipate it, and be ready to react when it is occurring. Otherwise, our businesses will not survive. Times are good right now, But, as someone who…

Call for Aviation Manufacturing/MRO Testing Papers

The parent company of Aviation Maintenance Magazine, Aerospace & Security Media, will once again be hosting their annual conference in Munich, Germany on March 12 and 13, 2019. Only this coming year, the event is expanding to include three distinct events. Avionics-Expo, established more than ten years ago, will continue to look at avionics programs…