The State of the Shortage

The State of the Shortage

Delta Air Lines estimates hiring 500 mechanics this year. The company says it’s on track to double its TechOps business in the next five years, from $1 billion to $2 billion in revenue. Embraer will double the 100 commercial jet aircraft maintenance services jobs they expected to bring to Macon, Georgia, the company said only…

What’s New in Vibration Monitoring and Mitigation Helicopters

What’s New in Vibration Monitoring and Mitigation Helicopters

From airframe-specific Health Usage and Management Systems (HUMS) to portable rotor track and balancing units, there are a lot of advanced technology tools available to help keep helicopters flying smoother, safer and more efficiently. Unlike the pampered “keep the passenger happy” lives enjoyed by the typical corporate or commercial aircraft, the average helicopter has to…

Corrosion: The Never-Ending Battle

Corrosion: The Never-Ending Battle

Corrosion is a fact of life. From the factory to the flight line to the MRO hangar aircraft manufacturers, operators, and maintainers aim to manage it so that airplanes can fly as safely and as long as possible. According to the latest report from LMI, the U.S. military’s corrosion cost tracking contractor, the U.S. armed…

HANGAR HOME HAPPINESS

HANGAR HOME HAPPINESS

After my engagement dissolved, and she and I sold our house near Dallas where we’d lived several years together (cue the music: All of My Exes Live in Texas), I rented an apartment while I dreamed of what my next significant place should look like—and as a pilot, those dreams had an aerial view. A…

Diverse Lineup Ready for 2019 AMC By Steve Staedler

Diverse Lineup Ready for 2019 AMC By Steve Staedler

Mechanics will be in attendance travel from all over the world. Although they don different uniforms and speak diverse languages, they all share one thing in common – a passion for aviation maintenance. And there’s no better place to witness the fervor they have for their craft than at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by…

Big Friendly Giants

The MRO giants are embracing technological change and finding new ways to efficiently and effectively run their businesses. The challenges are plenty. Material costs are rising, labor costs may be increasing as the mechanic shortage grows and the challenge of managing maintenance for legacy aircraft while welcoming next gen aircraft creates a unique dichotomy. Growth…

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…