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Editorial Comment - June 2019
A recurring theme in recent years has been the shortage of new recruits as technicians and engineers, especially in North America and Europe.
Winning ways
This year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition saw 82 teams from around the world compete for the William F ‘Bill’ O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance
MRO training
Training in a maintenance environment requires both hands-on practical training and ensuring it is conducted in a safe environment with a safe aircraft system, as Mario Pierobon finds
Reputable regional 2019
EME Aero is another joint venture engine MRO project by Lufthansa Technik, this time with MTU Aero Engines. Ian Harbison reports
Open for business 2019
On 4 April, the first GEnx-2B engine was inducted into the new XEOS overhaul facility in Poland. Ian Harbison reports on the background to this joint venture
Opening the door on P2F conversions
Change is afoot in the P2F market, as supplies of stalwarts including Boeing’s 737-400 and 747-400, and Airbus’ A300 are exhausted, opening the door of opportunity to the 737-800, A320 Family, 777 and A330 as Paul E Eden finds
Going for growth
There have been some significant changes in the freighter conversion market. Ian Harbison and Keith Mwanalushi report on two of the participants
Getting bigger
The new Beluga XL, due to fly this summer, has increased capacity to cope with increased Airbus production rates and A350 wings. Ian Harbison reports from Toulouse
In transit
Spectre Cargo Solutions will take its first Boeing 737NG freighter in June but, as President Kevin Casey explains, the freighter market is still in a state of flux
Currency converters
Transforming a passenger aircraft into a freighter may not be easy, but the investment can pay real dividends. Bernie Baldwin reports on some of the conversion programmes available