Gregory Polek
Senior Editor

Gregory Polek has spent his entire career in aviation journalism with AIN, starting as a proofreader and assistant to then-managing editor Mary Mahoney in 1995 after serving an internship with New Jersey Monthly magazine and completing his B.A. degree in English/Writing at New Jersey’s William Paterson College. By 1997 Polek accepted a position as an associate editor, covering the regional airline beat for Aviation International News in place of retiring industry veteran Don Anderson. The assignment took Polek across North America and Europe to profile regional airlines varying in size and mission from the likes of floatplane operators Kenmore Air and Chalk’s Ocean Airways to regional jet operators such as SkyWest and American Eagle. Today, in his dual role as Air Transport Editor and International Airshow Editor, Polek writes, edits, and manages AIN’s commercial aviation content while overseeing each of the company’s daily international air show publications in Paris, Farnborough, Singapore, and Dubai. Most recently Polek has assumed oversight of daily coverage of the Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli-Expo convention.

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Maintenance and Modifications

Aviation Maintenance Sector Chases Technology Reboot

Maintenance, repair and overhaul firms see digitalization as a path to improved safety and efficiency
Mechanic installs fan blades in CF34

Leap-powered Airbus A321XLR Wins EASA Type Certification

Powered by the CFM Leap-1A engines, the narrowbody airliner is ready for service entry
Florian Guillermet, Executive Director of EASA handing over the Type Certificate for the Airbus A321XLR to Isabelle Bloy

Embraer Consigns Failed Boeing Merger to a Distant Memory

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer meets competitive challenges with diverse list of programs
Embraer CEO Francisco Gomes Neto addresses reporters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
Maintenance and Modifications

Textron Aviation Relocates Alaska Parts Stockroom

Company expects the move to aid accessibility and efficiency of parts distribution in the region
Cessna SkyCourier in flight
Maintenance and Modifications

Trimec Adds Falcon 7X and 8X to MRO Capabilities

New capacity follows receipt of STC for Universal Avionics InSight-equipped Falcon 2000 and 2000EX
Dassault Falcon 8X
Maintenance and Modifications

Elevate MRO Opens Denver Maintenance Base

Expansion includes staffing increase, service boost
Maintenance and Modifications

Avcon Wins STC for Caravan Camera Port Installation

Mod provides about 80 cubic feet of additional space in the fuselage-mounted pod
Maintenance and Modifications

Metro Aviation MRO Provider Creates Fixed-wing Division

New division holds its own FAA Part 145 certificate
Metro Aviation team

Boeing and Airbus Eye Spirit AeroSystems Deals

Value of deals could total some $9 billion
Spirit AeroSystems Wichita
Maintenance and Modifications

ACI Jet Details Plans for Faster MRO Quotes

The Bombardier service facility invests in tools and resources to ensure timely and accurate service estimates
ACI Jet's project estimator Sebastian Joncas

Atlas Air Service, Helsinki Citycopter Celebrate CJ4 Acquisition

Acquisition marks the Finnish charter company's entry into fixed-wing operations
Maintenance and Modifications

Heritage Aviation Gains Authorization as a Garmin Service Center

This development allows Heritage Aviation to offer a wider range of service and support activities from Garmin
Heritage Aviation in Burlington, Vermont
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Comlux Malta Wins EASA Part 145 Certification

MRO can now provide line maintenance services for EASA-registered Airbus A320s and A220s
Comlux Malta vp accepts EASA Part 145 certificate
Maintenance and Modifications

ExecuJet South Africa On Pace for Record Airframe Checks

The Dassault Aviation subsidiary previously set an annual record of seven aircraft
ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa
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PHI MRO Services Recognized as Leonardo Service Center

Helicopter maker adds the MRO provider to its global network of maintenance centers
Leonardo AW139-series helicopters
Maintenance and Modifications

Skyservice To Add Capacity for Gogo Avance Installations

The Gogo-authorized dealer has established a program to create a center of excellence for LTE upgrades
Maintenance and Modifications

Hartzell Launches Propeller Core Purchase Program

The plan reduces overhaul lead times and more buying options of spare parts
Hartzell mechanic inspects work on a propeller in Pique, Ohio
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West Star Aviation Moves To Evolve Management Structure

Chairman Jim Rankin cedes CEO duties to Stephen Maiden
West Star Aviation
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Rolls-Royce Expands Business Aviation Services Network

Engine maker adds Airline Support Baltic to its network of authorized service centers
Rolls-Royce mechanic
Maintenance and Modifications

Stevens Resumes Western Migration with Mayo MRO Acquisition

Mayo boosts Rocky Mountain presence
Stevens Aerospace mechanic
Training and Workforce

West Star Aviation Academy Recruits More Mx Apprentices

The aviation maintenance school is collaborating with Southwestern Illinois College
West Star aviation mechanic works on an engine
Maintenance and Modifications

Industry Honors Birth of Wright Mechanic Charles Taylor

Taylor designed and built the engine that powered the famous aircraft
Charles E. Taylor, Wright Brothers engine maker
Maintenance and Modifications

Satcom Direct Secures STC for Ka-band Terminal for Gulfstream G650

The system doubles the data capacity of existing GX satellites
Technician works on SD Direct's Ka-band terminal
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Nomad Technics Completes C-check on Head of State ACJ320

Scheduled inspection included examination of primary and secondary structures
Nomad Technics ACJ320 C-check

ACI Jet Gains Starlink Dealer Authorization

California-based MRO provider and charter operator commits to buying “several” shipsets
ACI Global Express XRS parked at Bombardier-approved service center
Maintenance and Modifications

Appalachian Aero Group Secures Part 145 Approval

AAG reaps benefits of perseverance following a two-year certification process
Appalachian Aero Group employees celebrate Part 145 certification
Maintenance and Modifications

Jets MRO Taps Spirit Aeronautics’ Avionics Expertise

Companies sign agreement to collaborate on complementary maintenance support
Jets MRO hangar
Maintenance and Modifications

Flightstar Set To Expand Operations with Aircraft Hangar

Project to double size of dedicated maintenance space
Flightstar hangar expansion

Piper Taps Troyes Aviation as Approved Service Center

Partnership with Flying Smart Aero forged at Aero Friedrichshafen
Piper M600 at Aero Friedrichshafen
Maintenance and Modifications

Safran Signs Helicopter Engine Support Contracts with GDAT

Contracts cover in-service support and MRO for 140 Arrano 1A and Makila 2A1 engines
Safran techs inspect a Makila engine set to power its fleet of Airbus H225