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Volume 16, June 2014 | Contents

A fair wind bookmark
EOLE is a leading centre for component repair in the AFI KLM E&M network. Ian Harbison reports from Paris
Down to the wire bookmark
One of the most difficult aircraft systems to evaluate is the wiring. With up to 100 miles of wire in a typical modern widebody, the complex solutions for finding and managing faults has been a constant maintenance battle. George Marsh reports on how new developments have made that battle slightly easier
Editorial comment – June 2014 bookmark
F or some time there has been a recurring theme surrounding the early retirement of aircraft to be used as a source of recovered material. Engines and landing gear are the high value items that are driving the trend, with many independent MROs feeling the OEMs are making it difficult for them to compete on a level playing field.
Friendly takeovers bookmark
OEMs do not always hang on the aftermarket for their products and Ontic has found a niche business in taking over their unwanted products
Future Proof bookmark
At a recent Innovations Day at its UK base in Luton, easyJet announced a number of technology initiatives to help keep the fleet flying
Looking good bookmark
David Stewart, Vice President and Global Head of Aerospace and MRO at ICF SH&E, sees positive growth in the global MRO industry; however there are still a few questions to answer
NG energy bookmark
With the prospect of new 150-seat, single-aisle jetliners to replace Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s still at least 15 years away, the heavy maintenance industry is preparing to offer continued support for existing fleets. Ian Goold talks to Boeing and other companies providing MRO services for the 737NG
On the shelf bookmark
Managing inventory levels in both an efficient and effective manner is one of the major challenges facing any airline today, particularly finding the balance between spares availability for fleet utilisation and the high cost of maintaining stock levels
Out of Africa bookmark
Ethiopian Airlines has always been in the vanguard of the African air transport industry, building up huge expertise along the way in maintenance and training. Ian Harbison reports from Addis Ababa
Recovery position bookmark
Despite ongoing crises with its parent airline, Alitalia Maintenance Systems is confident about its future. Ian Harbison reports from Rome
June 2014