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April 21-22, 2010
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


AVIATION WEEK has awarded its 2010 MRO of the Year Awards for outstanding achievement and innovation in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) to four industry leaders: Delta TechOps, the 402nd Maintenance Wing at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, SR Technics, and Veracity Technology Solutions. These prestigious annual industry awards, presented by Overhaul & Maintenance, honor the top MRO and aftermarket companies in the world and were presented in conjunction with the Air Transport Association’s (ATA) 43rd annual “Nuts and Bolts” Awards at a ceremony during AVIATION WEEK’s MRO Americas Conference and Exhibition at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona.

“The four winners took great strides forward in innovation and customer service in 2009, in spite of the difficult business environment the year presented,” said Ed Hazelwood, editor-in-chief, AVIATION WEEK Conferences. “The innovations they espouse propel our industry forward. AVIATION WEEK is proud to honor their achievements.”

Delta TechOps, winner in the Airline Maintenance category, successfully integrated its maintenance operation—including work groups, compliance/safety systems, logistics and operations—with that of Northwest Airlines after announcing the two carriers’ merger in October 2008. The Military MRO winner, the 402nd Maintenance Wing at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, increased efficiency by embedding its program management and materiel support into production activities—thus transforming its C-17 heavy maintenance and modification processes and raising due-date performance to 97.2%. SR Technics, the Independent MRO award winner,developed an innovative new process for airframe and engine maintenance, called the E-check, which reduces costs and downtime. Veracity Technology Solutions, the Supplier/Service Provider winner, developed a new inspection method that provides significant time and cost savings for Air Force inspections of large military aircraft using an in-situ 128-element linear array ultrasonic imaging system instead of the previous x-ray method.

The ATA “Nuts and Bolts” Awards, which recognize outstanding service and contributions to the airline industry, went to Amos W. Hoggard, technical fellow at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group (Industry category), and Edward M. Walton, structures and liaison engineering manager at UPS Airlines and chairman of the ATA Airworthiness Committee (Airline category). The two groups, AVIATION WEEK and ATA, have partnered since 2001 to bring the joint awards ceremony to MRO Americas, facilitating incomparable networking opportunities for participants and aviation industry leaders.

MRO attendees and industry leaders, including past Nuts & Bolts winners (Bill Banks, FAA, 2008; Eric Mendelson, HEICO Aerospace, 2007; Tony Charaf, Delta Air Lines, 2007; Hal Huele, US Airways, 2006; John Banbury, Boeing, 2005; James Ballough, FAA, 2003; Robin Wohnsigl, Air Canada, 2003; and Jim Davey, Alaska Airlines, 1999), applauded this year’s winners at the afternoon ceremony on April 20. The MRO of the YearAwards were presented by AVIATION WEEK’s Greg Hamilton, publisher of O&M; Ed Hazelwood, editor-in-chief, conferences; and Lee Ann Tegtmeier, editor-in-chief of O&M. Mark Swearingin, vice president of technical operations at Atlas Air, and Joe White, managing director of engineering and maintenance at ATA, presented the ATA Awards. For more information on the awards and winners, including photos, visit AviationWeek.com or read the April 2010 issue of Overhaul & Maintenance.