MRO Americas

April 25-27, 2017
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

Complimentary Hosted Content

MRO Americas features a number of hosted sessions and product briefings.  These are open to all attendees.  There is no charge to attend these sessions.

Please check back frequently for the most updated list of complimentary sessions and information!

Hosted Conference Sessions

Tuesday, April 25

1:00 pm

Sponsored by Pratt & Whitney

Industry Collaboration to Tackle Big Data

Hear how the industry is working together to streamline the use of big data. Pratt & Whitney recently launched an industry working group to develop a toolbox that helps operators optimize collaborations with other industry partners on converting critical aircraft data into usable information.  Learn how to reduce unscheduled maintenance and enhance customer experiences by through strategic partnerships.

  • Moderator: Richard Brown, Principal, ICF 
  • Karine Lavoie-Tremblay, eFAST Program Integration Manager, Data Analytics, Pratt & Whitney
  • Kal Rebin, VP Maintenance & Engineering, Jazz Aviation LP
  • Jeff Schneider, Director Powerplant Engineering, American Airlines
  • Bjorn Stickling, GM Diagnostics, Prognostics and Health Management Group, Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Rhonda Walthall, Manager, Prognostics and Health Management, UTC Aerospace Systems

Wednesday, April 26

11:00 am

Sponsored by IBM

Defining the Value of Data

Do you know the “value” of your data? How do you make data actionable and deliver value on it? Are you collecting the right data that is needed for your business and operations? Learn how to define and process the right information into actionable knowledge, getting the most value and intelligence that is critical to a safe and efficient operation.

  • Session Leader: Jim FitzgeraldGlobal Aerospace & Defense Industry Solutions Leader, IBM
  • Jaime Baringo-Ezquerra, Head of Digital Business Development, Airbus
  • Bill Baumgarten, Business Development Manager, Cockpit Data Management Solutions, UTAS
  • Maureen Morgan, Sr. Manager, Applications Development, American Airlines
  • Nick Ward, Head of Solution Management, OEM Digital Services, Rolls-Royce

Product Briefings

Specially selected companies will provide demos and host Q&A sessions, providing you with an in-depth look at products and services that are revolutionizing the MRO industry.

Tuesday, April 25

1:00 pm

Sponsored by Goldratt Consulting

Overhauling MRO Using Theory of Constraints - Presented by Goldratt Consulting
Dr. Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints offers simple yet powerful techniques to dramatically improve speed and throughput – 25+% gains in performance in highly variable MRO environments. Learn how to apply them across all areas of maintenance – line, base, engine, etc. – and see significant results within months.

1:30 pm

Sponsored by FedEx Services

Engines, Wings or Fuel Tanks... Best Practices in Moving Large, Oversized Shipments - Presented by FedEx Services
You are ready to move your product to its final destination – how do you ensure your oversized cargo is safely delivered? Learn best practices to set your shipments up for success and manage these large international and domestic moves to ensure timely delivery.

2:00 pm

Sponsored by Panasonic Avionics

Ensuring the Reliability of your IFEC investment
Today’s inflight entertainment and communications systems play a central role in an airline’s brand strategy - from eCommerce opportunities to a curated digital experience. Learn key considerations to drive outcome-based maintenance contracts and ensure the highest performance of today's newest IFEC solutions.

2:30 pm

Sponsored by IBM

How Cognitive Computing is Transforming Commercial Aircraft Maintenance

IBM's Watson is well known in healthcare where it digests research to recommend cancer treatments. Today, hear how Watson works in aircraft maintenance. Replace patient data and research with airplanes logs, manuals and configuration data to take hundreds-of-millions out of an airline's yearly operation.


3:00  pm

Sponsored by Capgemini / GE Aviation

Innovation, Technology & Digital Disruption - The Intersection of Configuration Data Exchange, Data Integration and Collaboration
Airworthiness is a collaborative endeavor across multiple OEMs, operators, MROs, and regulators. By utilizing multiple platforms and varying data sources, the need for configuration data exchange and data management has never been more urgent. Senior executives discuss the findings of a new industry survey, and share how airlines and MROs are solving challenges by leading our industry’s Digital Disruption.

Wednesday, April 26

1:30 pm

Sponsored by Honeywell

Modernizing Maintenance and Inspection with Voice Technology - Presented by Honeywell
Documenting inspection and maintenance checklists is typically inefficient because technicians have to enter their observations as a separate step from the inspection process.  Honeywell Vocollect™ voice technology’s “Hands-Free, Eyes-Free™” combined process helps elevate documentation and compliance to levels never before attainable. Featuring a customer case-study from KBR.

2:00 pm

Sponsored by Realization

MRO Optimization: How TAP Reduced Fleet Downtime by >20% -  Presented by Realization
Realization will present the principles of global optimization and how to apply them across the entire maintenance value chain, from line maintenance to supply chain management. TAP M&E will share how they have used these principles to improve fleet availability.

2:30 pm

Sponsored by Avmax

ADS-B, NextGen Technology in Legacy Dash 8’s and CRJ’s -  Presented by AvmaxWith ADS-B being implemented, what are the ramifications for operators of legacy Bombardier regional aircraft?  This briefing explores how these aircraft can be modified to operate in ADS-B airspace, and additionally bring about other NextGen technology such as CPDLC and FANS.

New Session for 2017

These sessions are open to all attendees of MRO Americas

Wednesday, April 26

3:20 pm

The Need for AMTs. Growing the Next Generation.

Industry studies predict over 600,000 new aviation maintenance technicians worldwide are needed in the next 20 years just for the commercial transport segment. Cultivation of new mechanics begins early, with critical outreach in K-12 schools followed by adequate capacity in colleges and professional schools to yield service-ready workers. Direct industry involvement in teaching, mentoring, and public service media penetration will be critical. Branding the AMT career.

  • Moderator: Mike Arata, MD Project Engineering, United Airlines
  • Crystal Maguire, Executive Director, Aviation Technician Education Council
  • Mark Thom, Associate Professor, Aeronautical Engineering Technology, Purdue University
  • Mike Walker, Manager, MT Regulatory Approvals & Standards Flight Services Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing