Jerome Greer Chandler is a two-time winner in the Aerospace Journalist of the Year' competition's Best Maintenance Submission category; he won in 2000 and 2008. His best-seller 'Fire and Rain' chronicles the wind shear crash of Delta Flight 191 at DFW. Chandler's passion for aviation safety is more than professional. It's personal. Two of his relatives have perished on commercial airliners, one of them in the infamous Braniff Electra crash of 1959.
Plans are for assembly to begin in 2015, followed by delivery of Mobile-assembled aircraft in 2016. The 116-acre facility aims to be as efficient as possible, producing as many as 50 narrowbodies per year by 2018.
There is – at present – no GEnx overhaul capability in North America, GE will have facilities in Scotland, Brazil, and Taiwan. But execution of engine overhaul for the GEnx is also dependent on licensed liaisons with a growing string of MROs...
Today's mergers are more complementary, designed to fill in gaps in product offerings, not merely expand market share. While the focus is on profitability, it also has to include improved compensation for technicians to attract the needed work force.