More Than 100 Airline Executives and Industry Leaders to Address Maintenance Strategies and Technologies at 11th Annual MRO Conference & Exhibition

NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Aircraft safety and the costs of maintaining aircraft in an expanding aviation market -- issues that affect airlines, OEMs, suppliers and service providers in the MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) industry -- will be the focus of discussions and displays during the 11th annual MRO Conference & Exhibition/MRO Military, April 25-27 at the Phoenix, Arizona Civic Center. MRO 2006 is produced by Aviation Week and the Air Transport Association, in association with Overhaul & Maintenance magazine and Mercer Management.

The 2006 MRO event, the largest MRO-dedicated conference, combines both commercial and military segments to help maintenance executives in civil and military sectors identify and implement strategies to improve safety, turn-times, cut costs and increase profitability of their hangars and facilities. In 2005, the size of the commercial MRO industry was pegged at$38 billion, business aviation MRO at $5.9 billion, and military MRO at $53billion.

Keynote speakers at MRO and MRO Military include:

• Scott Kirby, EVP, USAirways

• Louis Chenevert, President & CEO, Pratt & Whitney

• VADM Justin McCarthy, Director of Material Readiness and Logistics, OPNAV, US Navy

• MG Arthur Morrill, US Air Force Materiel Command

• BG Stephen Mundt, Director Army Aviation Task Force, US Army

• Lt. General Donald Wetekam, Deputy Chief of Staff, Installation & Logistics, USAF

• David Pauling, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Material Readiness and Maintenance Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)

In addition to a sold out exhibition hall of 400+ MRO-related companies featuring the latest technologies and services, the conference features more than 100 presentations by top airline, MRO and military MRO officials,including:

• Tom Anderson, Sr VP, Technical Operations & Aircraft Programs, jetBlue Airways

• Brad Ballance, Senior Managing Director, e-Business, Air Transport Association

• Jim Ballough, Dir., FAA Standards Service, Federal Aviation Administration

• Kris Bauer, Sr VP Tech Ops, Northwest Airlines

• Steve Bence, VP Business Development, Goodrich Aviation Technical Services

• John Bendoraitis, VP, Base Maintenance Operations, Northwest Airlines

• Mark Blair, VP Air Operations, Engineering & Planning, FedEx

• Guy Borowski, Sr VP Tech Ops, Virgin America

• Matthew Bromberg, VP and General Manager, Pratt & Whitney Global Material Services

• Rimsky G. Buitrago, Chief Executive Officer, Coopesa Aircraft Maintenance

• Tim Canavan, Director, Operations, Delta Air Lines

• Kevin Casey, VP, Commercial Business Development, Pemco Aviation Group Inc.

• Lon Chaney, VP/General Manager, Goodyear facility, TIMCO Aviation Services Inc.

• Tony Charaf, Sr VP Tech Ops, Delta Air Lines

• Luis Alberto Dias Correa, VP Marketing and Sales, Varig Engineering and Maintenance

• Holger Dietsch, Senior Vice President, Aircraft Maintenance, Lufthansa Technik

• Christopher Doan, President & CEO, TeamSAI

• Cori Ferguson, Sr. Project Manager, Alaska Airlines

• Jake Frank, Supply Chain Management, Delta Air Lines

• August Wilhelm Henningsen, CEO, Lufthansa Technik

• Jim Henry, VP Technology Development, Standard Aero

• Hal Heule, Sr VP Technical Operations, US Airways

• John Hickey, Dir., Aircraft Certification Services, Federal Aviation Administration

• Troy Jonas, VP and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace Aircraft Service Centers

• James Keenan, SVP and General Manager, Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners

• Steve Kolski, SVP Operations, AirTran Airways

• Nancy Lane, Manager, Certification Procedures Branch, Aircraft Engineering Division, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA

• John Laughter, VP, Maintenance Operations, Delta Air Lines

• Roger Lehman, Director, Mercer Management Consulting

• John Leslie, President, NAASCO

• Tim Mahoney, Air Transport and Regional President, Honeywell Aerospace

• Edson Mallaco, Vice President Customer Support - Airline Market, Embraer

• Dennis Manibusan, Sr VP Maintenance & Engineering, ABX Air

• Oliver Martins, Vice President, Engineering, Planning and QA, American Airlines

• Dante Marzetta, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations & Purchasing, Continental Airlines

• Phillipe Mhun, Vice President, 380 program, Airbus Customer Services, Airbus

• Kevin Michaels, Principal, Aerostrategy LLC

• Jeff Mihalic, Sr Vice President - Operations, Q Aviation, L.P.

• Sunny Mirchandani, Vice President, Engineering and Tech Ops, Airborne Nacelle Services, Triumph Airborne Structures, Inc.

• Fred Mohr, VP, Maintenance & Engineering, Alaska Airlines

• Uwe Mukrasch, SVP Component Services & Asset Management, Lufthansa Technik

• Geoff Murray, Director, Mercer Management Consulting

• Bill Norman, SVP, United Services

• Declan O'Shea, CEO SR Technics Ireland, Member of the Executive Board, SR Technics

• David Ramage, VP, Technical Operations, jet Blue Airways

• Peter E. Requa Jr., Director Operations - Business Practices, AirTran Airways

• Pierre Y. Reville, Senior Vice President, Component Services, Air France Industries

• Andrew Schmidt, Director, Mercer Management Consulting

• Harry Seeger, Executive Director, Ameco Beijing

• John Seeliger, Director, Mercer Management Consulting

• Christopher M Shams, Manager-Engine Vendor Maintenance Programs, Alaska Airlines

• David Shotsberger, Senior Director of Technical Operations, Southeast US, Europe & Caribbean, Continental Airlines

• David J. Sisson, President & CEO, AirLiance Materials, LLC

• Richard G. Smith, III, Executive Vice President, NetJets

• Paul Snyder, Vice President, Enterprise Business Development, Customer Services, Goodrich Corporation

• Larry Strykowski, Director - Technical Operations Technology, Continental Airlines

• Bobby Williams, VP-Air Vehicle Design, Joint Strike Fighter, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

Additional information and online registration for MRO 2006 is available at, or by calling (800) 240-7645.

MRO Conference & Exhibition is produced jointly by Aviation Week and the Air Transport Association and in association with Mercer Management Consulting and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine. Gold Sponsors include The Boeing Company, Delta TechOps, Honeywell, Goodrich, Oracle, Pemco Aviation Group, Pratt & Whitney, Triumph Group, and United Services. Silver Sponsors are Eaton, Harter Industries, MTU Maintenance, and Sargent Avborne. Bronze Sponsors are Airbus, Amexco Beijing, Arger Enterprises, Evergreen Air Centers, Heico Aerospace, Timko, and Harco. Supporting companies include ABX Air, JetBlueAirways, Qantas, Polar Air Cargo and US Airways. MRO Military is produced by Aviation Week in association with UGS and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine.

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