Engine MRO: Are Times Too Good? Mind the Parts and Labor Pinch Plus Macro Issues by Charlotte Adams

Engine MRO: Are Times Too Good? Mind the Parts and Labor Pinch Plus Macro Issues by Charlotte Adams

As the U.S. economy rebounds, global air traffic mushrooms, and aircraft production sizzles, engine MRO enjoys the best of both worlds – deferred aircraft retirements plus demand for work on newer powerplants. Maintenance providers, including traditional MROs, are adding capacity, expanding cooperation with OEMs, enlarging global networks, customizing workscopes, and acquiring smaller players to increase…

Expanding with Flying Colours

Expanding with Flying Colours

Flying Colours will be adding more than 140,000 square feet to its North American footprint as it continues an ambitious expansion and embarks on its largest infrastructure growth to date. Plans are currently being finalized for the groundbreaking of a brand-new hangar by the end of fall 2018 at the Peterborough, Ontario, Canada facility. The…

Western European MRO: Amid Growth, Angst

Western European MRO: Amid Growth, Angst

In this second part of our two-part series looking at European MROs, we turn our attention to Western Europe (see part one, focused on Eastern European MROs, in the June/July issue). Long-established MROs lead the vanguard of change and innovation not just in the region, but worldwide. Yet, challenges exist, including a lack of skilled…

Hot Products for Hangar Pros and MROs

Hot Products for Hangar Pros and MROs

Safety, efficiency and cost control are the triumvirate of goals for MRO businesses. As the aviation industry continues to see steady growth, repair stations and MROs must continuously look at aspects of their operation to see how it can be made safer, what processes can be streamlined, how efficiency can be improved and where savings…

Training Trends for MRO Specialists

Training Trends for MRO Specialists

As aircraft maintenance becomes more technical, MROs are increasing training in specialized areas to help differentiate themselves and provide improved services for their customers. Today’s MROs are faced with a bit of a dilemma: On one hand they are providing inspections and maintenance for a fleet of legacy aircraft. Many of which should have been…

Eastern European MRO: High Ambitions, Expanding Range

Eastern European MRO: High Ambitions, Expanding Range

The European MRO marketplace has grown and thrived. In our annual foray into the European market segment, we are taking a two-part look at the region. We start, in this first part, with a look at Eastern Europe. Next issue we will delve into the Western European segment. While the Eastern European MRO market is…

ndt testing struggles

NDT Testing Struggles to Incorporate New Technologies

The urgent inspections of the CFM International CFM-56 resulting from the Southwest Flight 1390 uncontained engine failure which killed a passenger, focused the industry’s attention on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). But the workhorse GE engine is not the only one undergoing urgent ultrasonic inspections. The 380 Trent 1000 Package C engines are also undergoing inspections resulting…