Aircraft Maintenance Technology

MAR 2018

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EDITOR'S VIEWPOINT By Ron Donner, Editor 4 MARCH 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Published by SouthComm Business Media, LLC. PO Box 803 • 1233 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 (920) 563-6388 • (800) 547-7377 Volume 29, No. 3, March 2018 Lester Craft, Publisher, (262) 473-9236 Ronald Donner, Editor, (612) 670-6048 Barb Zuehlke, Senior Editor, (920) 563-1641 Marino Boric, International Correspondent, Contributors: Ed Barnes, Jerome Greer Chandler, James Elliott, Dr. Bill Johnson, Brett Levanto, Crystal Maguire, Steve Staedler Julie Whitty, Art Director Carmen Seeber, Media Production Representative Debbie Dumke, Audience Development Manager SALES Michelle Kohn, National Accounts Manager, (224) 324-8529 Greg Szatko, National Accounts Manager, (920) 568-8314 SOUTHCOMM, INC. 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The material presented in Aircraft Maintenance Technology is intended to complement technical information that is currently available from supplier and regulatory sources such as manufacturers and the Federal Aviation Administration. Every effort is made to assure that the information provided is accurate. However, if information presented by Aircraft Maintenance Technology is in conflict with supplier and regulatory sources, the latter shall take precedence. TIME TO HIT THE HIGHWAY OR MORE APPROPRIATELY THE SKYWAY I HAVEN'T BEEN TRAVELING OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS LIKE I USUALLY do, which is definitely not the norm for me. I'm one of those people who will jump on a plane at a moment's notice and fly off to … wherever it happens to be going. I found myself staying home more and spent some time working on airplane projects in my shop, doing some flying at the local airport, visiting with aviation friends, and reading about aviation. When you're a life-long aviator, well, the line between your job, your career, and your personal life becomes very blurry. In fact there is no line…it's all the same ... it's all aviation … just the way I like it. Today I'm reading the articles in this issue for the last time before it goes off to be printed. This issue's cover story is an MRO review and forecast for the next 10 years based on the recent Oliver Wyman Global Fleet & MRO Market. In addition to inputs directly from them, the ar ticle includes comments from leading executives and authorities in the MRO marketplace. Author Jerry Chandler always does a great job with these types of features; thanks again Jerry. The article caused me to reflect back to my involvement with MROs and airline maintenance organizations during both my airline and now AMT Magazine career. I counted about two dozen or more that I've worked at, done business with, or just visited and toured. Add in all the engine and component shops and that number grows. The first independent aircraft MRO visited was in Singapore in the mid 1990s if my memory serves correct. It wasn't long and I would be traveling to facilities from Singapore to Seattle; Brazil to Beijing; Hong Kong to Hamburg; and many more in between. I enjoyed the memories that came with putting this issue of Aircraft Maintenance Technology together, and the anticipation of attending MRO Americas in Orlando, FL, April 10 -12, 2018. I look for ward to reconnecting with former airline and MRO colleagues, meeting new people, and all the networking that tradeshows provide. If you're attending don't forget to stop by and see the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. Ron

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