Aircraft Maintenance Technology

MAR 2018

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C O V E R S T O R Y CONTENTS: MARCH 2018 INDUSTRY OUTLOOK 38 Airbus On the Way to the Electric Future, E-Flight Part 3 By Marino Boric FROM THE FA A 48 How to Tell the Human Factors Story Using Accidents and Events By Dr. Bill Johnson INDUSTRY OUTLOOK 52 It's All About Skilled Performers at AMC By Steve Staedler C O L U M N S EDITOR'S VIEWPOINT 4 Time to Hit the Highway or Skyway By Ronald Donner ATEC INSIGHT 55 Springtime in Washington and ATEC 2018 By Crystal Maguire ARSA INSIGHT 58 Proving Ground By Brett Levanto D E P A R T M E N T S 27 TOOLS & EQUIPMENT 56 INDUSTRY NEWS 57 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING 57 ADVERTISERS' INDE X ON THE COVER: Magnetic MRO facility in Estonia. MAGNETIC MRO ABOVE: AAR Indianapolis A AR CORP. MRO/COVER STORY 28 MRO Market for Next 10 Years is "Basically Bullish," But Challenges Remain The numbers tell the tale. Oliver Wyman's Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast Commentary, 2018 – 2028 contends "These are heydays for the commercial aviation industry as well as businesses supporting it," the study's Executive Summary says. Total MRO spending is projected to increase to US$114.7 billion from today's US$77.4 billion. MRO executives share their view of opportunities and challenges. By Jerome Greer Chandler F E A T U R E S COMMERCIAL MRO 6 Lufthansa Technik Component Services Increases U.S. Footprint By Barb Zuehlke MANUFACTURING INNOVATIONS 10 Liebherr: Family Owned Company with Worldwide Impact By Marino Boric AIRLINES 20 How to Enhance Generator Performance By Ed Barnes COMMERCIAL MRO 24 Keeping Pace: New Business Models Put Aircraft Maintenance Center Stage By James Elliott 38 10 3

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