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 article 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 I 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 forward 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.