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MRO Providers See Growth; Staffing Challenges, ARSA Survey Finds

The takeaway: MRO providers responding to the latest ARSA survey see bullish demand ahead. Their biggest challenge: staffing up to meet it. The near-term outlook for aftermarket providers is bullish, Read More

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Closing Gaps In Technician Pipeline Key To Offsetting Mechanic Shortage

In brief:  About 25% of aviation technical school graduates do not enter the aviation industry. Figure, from ATEC survey, suggests 750 mechanics lost in 2015 from about 50 top schools. Read More


Fractured Trent 700 Oil Pump Drive Shaft Eyed In AirAsia X Incident

In brief: Air AsiaX A330 crew shut down No. 2 engine after low oil-pressure warnings; vibration. Investigators found fractured oil pump drive shaft. There is no reported evidence of any Read More

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Our Top 5 Airline MRO Stories From 2016

Airline Aftermarket recently passed its three-month mark in business—a period that overlapped with the last quarter of 2016. Three months doesn’t sound like much time, but there was plenty going Read More

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FAA Mandates Power-Cycling For 787 Flight Control Modules

In brief: FAA mandating power-cycling to prevent 787 flight control modules (FCMs) from resetting simultaneously.  Simultaneous resets of all three FCMs could temporarily prevent the flight-control surfaces from reacting to Read More

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Airlines Seek More Time On 737NG Cabin Safety Upgrade

NOTE: as one of our most-read stories in 2016, this article has been opened up for all to read. Normally, only subscribers access all of our exclusive stories. Learn more Read More

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Few Clues On Cause Of FedEx MD-10 Gear Collapse

In brief: FedEx flight 910’s left main gear collapsed 12 sec. after touchdown at FLL on Oct 28. Initial findings indicate no anomalies with the gear or the aircraft’s operation. Read More

Transport Canada Warns Of Defective CRJ700 Nose Gear Hardware

Article summary: Manufacturing fault affected several batches of nuts, including one tied to CRJ700 nose gear incident. Defective hardware found previously on several types of GA aircraft. Operators urged to Read More

NTSB Eyes Manufacturing Defect In CF6 Disk Failure

Article summary: Stage 2 HPT disk broke into at least four pieces. Source of failure apparently fatigue cracking that originated at “internal inclusion.” Disk had 15,000 cycle limit; failure occurred Read More

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FAA’s Proposed 737 Cabin Mod Answers NTSB Recommendation

Article Summary:  NTSB made six recommendations based on probes of survivable 737 accidents. Proposed AD addresses one: improving crashworthiness of passenger service units. Similar AD for 737 Classics planned, FAA Read More

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