Every component on an aircraft is important. And each is constantly monitored to determine when it is nearing the end of useful operation – or when it might already have done so.
At this point, a decision must be taken to repair or replace the component. With parts availability sometimes an issue, particularly in the current climate, MRO providers are seeing strong growth in demand for component maintenance.
These providers are proving themselves flexible, capable and innovative as they rise to the challenge, keeping aircraft safely in the air doing what airlines want them to do – namely earning revenue. Component maintenance is the subject of our cover story, on page 36.
As the MRO industry gathers in Atlanta for the MRO Americas show in April, we decided the time was right to take a look at the outlook for companies headquartered in North America. As recovery turns to growth, a strong 2023 is expected for MRO companies, with growth continuing beyond that. Nevertheless, as we found from interviewing a range of providers, a unique set of challenges remain, and these will need the industry to continue to innovate and collaborate to overcome them. See page 28 for the full article.
The regular ‘Industry voices’ section of MRO Management has become a staple of the magazine, giving industry leaders and subject matter experts the chance to share ideas, innovations and information with readers. This issue features a fascinating trio of contributions. The aviation industry in the western Pennsylvania region of the US is soaring to new heights, largely thanks to the Mid-Atlantic Opportunity Park – a nearly 130-acre expansion to the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport – which is anchored by a 100,000sq ft MRO facility, and we get the lowdown on the project on page 18.
At the aforementioned MRO Americas show, many of the world’s most skilled aircraft technicians will participate in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, presented by Snap-on. The competition is explained and previewed on page 22. And on page 16, Rotable Repairs’ Lionel Fearon details why the company is now on course to increase its global footprint.
There’s plenty more to discover, too. I hope you enjoy reading the issue.