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Editorial comment - September 2017
Air Transport Publications will be holding its fourth Aircraft Cabin Maintenance Conference on 28 November at The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, London Heathrow
Going for growth
LORD is expanding into the Americas with its repair services, but is looking into other avenues as well
Composite core
There are few cabin spaces where composite structures have yet to find their place, from galleys and other thermally challenging environments, to pearlescent or metallic-effect seat components and the largest, most complex ceiling panels, as Paul E Eden reveals
Under wraps
Through composite material repairs, LRU equipment testing and rectification, and through-life maintenance programmes, engine nacelle MRO requires competencies across multiple domains, involving complex systems that contribute to the efficiency of the aircraft and engine. Paul E Eden assesses the state of the market
Keep on going
It is 32 years since the ATR family entered service but the aircraft are still going strong and remain in production, making product support a necessity for the manufacturer. Ian Harbison reports from Toulouse
Keeping them flying
AAR has had a busy year with its component support business, expanding its facilities worldwide to keep close to a growing customer base. Ian Harbison reports
Platform for change
GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit is facilitating an online community for buyers and sellers of aircraft modifications. Ian Harbison finds out more about ModStore
Extension lead
Nearly 30 years after the A320 entered service, Airbus is preparing to publish maintenance tasks for the latest neo variant, while further optimising requirements for established models. Ian Goold reports
Waiting under the wings
AAR Landing Gear Services is using its long experience to find success in the international MRO market and is anticipating an increase in activity
ERP or MRO IT?
ERP has become an essential coordination and reporting tool, but are dedicated ERP systems optimal in MRO applications? Paul E Eden discovers that there might be a better way