Winglet Evolution Continues with Active Winglets

Winglet Evolution Continues with Active Winglets

The evolution of winglet technology traces farther back than many may think—back more than a century, when the English engineer, Frederick Lanchester, patented wing end plates in 1897 and Scottish-born engineer William Somerville attached end plates to the top wing of his biplane 13 years later. In recent decades, incited by soaring fuel prices in…

Change Is in The Air

Change Is in The Air

Thanks to the combination of an increased demand for new passenger aircraft and the global explosion of online shopping; passenger-to-freighter conversions are bringing new life to aging airframes. What does English inventor Michael Aldrich have to do with the rapid growth of passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions? Well, probably a lot more than you think. Aldrich invented…

Middle East MRO Round-up

Middle East MRO Round-up

The current global MRO market is around $79 billion, with the Middle East MRO market expected to account for about 8% of that, according to Jonathan Berger, Managing Director of Alton Aviation Consultancy, a New York-based aviation advisory firm. And while the global market is expected to grow at about 4% per year, the Middle…

Helicopter OEMs Take Their Support Straight Up

Helicopter OEMs Take Their Support Straight Up

Aviation Maintenance takes a look at some of the changes helicopter manufacturers are making to improve the ongoing maintenance of their aircraft in the field. Not to overstate the obvious, but helicopters are extremely complex flying machines. And being such, they require a lot of maintenance. Helicopters have a large number of moving parts, designed…

STCs and PMAs in aircraft maintenance

STCs and PMAs in aircraft maintenance

How they’re different. How they’re the same. And how they can save owners, operators and MROs money at maintenance time. Ever since Charles Taylor started turning a wrench on the Wright Flyer, aviation has been an industry built on rules and regulations. The problem is, way too many of the “Regs” are written by administrators…

The TRU Aircraft Maintenance Academy (TAMA), is located at Textron Aviation’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. (Textron image)

TRU Approach of Maintenance Training

What advantages exist for a maintenance-training center closely associated with an OEM? A newly established academy next door to Textron Aviation is set to provide an answer. Textron Inc.’s full-on entry into the aviation-training field begat a unique center for maintenance instruction accredited by OEMs. Unique because the center’s location in Wichita, Kan., allows it…

MTU Maintenance: Five Ws and one H

MTU Maintenance: Five Ws and one H

Who? MTU Maintenance is a division of MTU Aero Engines. We are the world’s largest independent provider of engine services and a trusted OEM network partner. In short, we are engine experts. What? Maintenance, repair and overhaul. And so much more. We make it our business to minimize costs and maximize engine value across the…

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) BEDEK Aviation Group

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) BEDEK Aviation Group

BEDEK – THE FULL SERVICE PROVIDER Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) is a world leader in the delivery of state-of-the-art ground, air, sea, space, and cyber technologies and systems for both the defence and commercial markets. BEDEK Aviation Group, one of IAI’s six business groups, provides the full spectrum of aircraft services, all under one roof. This includes…