PAMA Mx News Watch
Jun. 5, 2013

Repairing turbines with the help of robots
Compressor and turbine blades are important components in aircraft engines and gas turbines. Therefore, when they are damaged, it is often cheaper to repair them than to buy replacements. Now there is a new robot-assisted technique that is boosting efficiency.More

Study: 2013 World MRO market worth $49.2 billion
AIN Online
The world commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul market will reach a value of $49.2 billion this year, according to recent market research conducted by Visiongain. The commercial aircraft MRO market is forecast by Visiongain to experience growth over the next decade, providing numerous business opportunities.More

Aviation needs to tap big data for engine design, maintenance
The aerospace industry, and specifically jet engine manufacturers and the airlines that are their customers, need to catch up with the big data revolution, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst and Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly in his latest Wikibon Alert, "Big Data in the Aviation Industry." Big data analysis of the huge amounts of data that are, and theoretically could be, captured from a jet engine in operation could provide important benefits in the area of engine maintenance by identifying developing problems early.More

Maintenance costs dropping for Spey-powered Gulfstreams
The price of maintaining Rolls-Royce Spey engines, which power the Gulfstream II and III, has dropped dramatically over the last several years, according to MRO shops and operators. Gulfstream made 460 GIIs and GIIIs between 1966 and 1987, but operators increasingly are scrapping them in response to rising fuel prices and more stringent anti-noise requirements that will require the installation of hush kits or restrict operations.More

Aviation program to take flight at Ivy Tech
Indiana Daily Student
Ivy Tech Community College is partaking in a national effort designed to address the dwindling number of skilled workers in the aviation industry, which is supposed to decline by 40 percent by 2014. Ivy Tech, specifically its campuses in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, is one of five colleges to receive the U.S. Department of Labor grant and will create a 12-16 week program to train workers in the aviation field.More

Western Aircraft breaks ground for new additions
Western Aircraft via
Thanks in part to the support of the Idaho legislature and Boise Airport, Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has broke ground on a 26,000-square-foot expansion on the company's 18-acre leasehold.More

25th CAB NCO maintainers gain valuable resource management knowledge
Thirty-five noncommissioned officers of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade graduated from a Common Aircraft Maintenance course May 22. The class instructed the maintenance NCOs the latest methods of tracking aviation maintenance and managing their section's resources efficiently.More