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…

Hoping for More Hackathons

We are in a time of great change, in the world and in our industry. Tempting though it may be, I’ll not talk about all the changes in the world and stick to our industry. We are in a transition period between the old way and the new way. It is an exciting time. And…

What the Fortune Tellers Say

Every year experts release their thoughts on what the aviation industry, and our segment of it, will do during the coming years. As we have seen time and time again, sometimes they are right. And sometimes they are not. There is always a chance for an unpredictable event such as a terrorist attack, a worldwide…

A Win-Win

What sparked your interest in fixing airplanes or aviation in general? I’m sure there was a moment when something clicked, and you thought, “That is what I want to do!” Maybe you were screened for aptitude in the military and directed to aircraft maintenance. Perhaps you read a book about airplanes and thought, “I want…

Old Familiar Faces

Last month I wrote here about the looming or actual shortage of maintenance personnel. I have heard from a number of businesses and readers confirming there is an issue, industry-wide. Not yet a crisis but still problematic. Thank you for your input. Let me mention that there were a number of people from our industry…

Shortage? What Shortage?

For more than 15 years, industry leaders in both commercial and business aviation have been worried about a shortage in aviation maintenance, service and support and MRO personnel. A study conducted by the Office of Government Accountability (GAO) in 2014 stated that aviation maintenance professionals’ “employment and earnings have stayed about the same, suggesting that…