To say that 2020 was an unsettled year for aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) providers would be an understatement. However depending on whether they were maintaining private aircraft or airliners made a significant difference. Flight activity drives an aircraft closer to scheduled maintenance events as required by their maintenance manuals, which specifies when various
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During a nearly year-long crisis that has severely impacted the industry, the MRO labor market shortage has eased to some extent. The many challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis was expected to have a least one benefit: the easing of the shortage of aircraft mechanics. This has occurred to some extent, but not nearly as much as one
MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. said Thursday it will reduce its overall workforce by about 1,600 jobs as it moves to cut costs. The company said it is making the cuts as it consolidates its Global aircraft completion work in Montreal and reviews options for underutilized hangar and industrial space at its Quebec facilities. “Workforce reductions
After the global events of 2020 brought aviation hiring to a screeching halt, JSfirm.com says that activity on their website shows aviation hiring is on the rise once again. Not only has job seeker activity shown a marked increase, but the number of companies advertising their openings on the site is also returning to pre-Covid
Boeing has flown the first example of the new F-15EX Eagle fighter. The 90-minute flight on February 2 was conducted by F-15 chief test pilot Matt Giese from the company’s plant at Lambert Field in St. Louis, Missouri. The sortie began with a “Viking” near-vertical climb-out, and went on to check out the aircraft’s new systems and
Final year-end figures show just 157 Boeing airliners were delivered in 2020, compared to 380 in 2019—revealing the full impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the prolonged grounding of the 737 MAX on the company’s commercial business. Released as part of Boeing’s fourth quarter production statement, the tally includes 43 737s—31 of which were
Between the COVID-19-related decline in air travel and increased scrutiny on airplane fuel consumption, it’s been a rough time for airlines. But in new research, scientists from the University of Oxford offer a novel way to turn waste CO2 into usable hydrocarbons—and even into jet fuel. You love badass science stuff. So do we. Let's nerd out together.
Despite expecting world passenger traffic to have a compound growth rate of just 2.6% a year over the next decade, Brazilian planemaker Embraer senses an opportunity. They expect a worldwide demand for 5,500 new aircraft with up to 150-seats over the next decade, representing a total market value of US$350 billion. Despite slowing demand for new
With its latest ultra-long-range models skirting the sound barrier in flight test, Gulfstream Aerospace has continued to research supersonic possibilities. However, company president Mark Burns cautions that it could be 10 years before such a supersonic business jet actually reaches the market. Gulfstream has reported that the G650 and G700 both reached Mach 0.99 in
The FAA has lifted its grounding order for the Boeing 737 Max and published an airworthiness directive (AD) specifying needed design changes and new training requirements for the airplane, the agency announced Wednesday. Although FAA Administrator Steve Dickson signed an order that provides a pathway for the Max to resume commercial service, the agency stressed that its actions