September 2015
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U.S. Air Force Selects Chromalloy for F108 Gas Turbine Engine Module Repairs

Chromalloy has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to provide repairs on low pressure turbine modules for the F108 aircraft engine fleet, in a contract valued at up to $74 million.

The one-year agreement was contracted by the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and includes four one-year options for additional repairs.

"With this agreement Chromalloy is pleased to build on our longstanding relationship with the U.S. Air Force," said Carlo Luzzatto, President. "Through our expertise in repairing gas turbine engine modules and components, Chromalloy offers military fleets significant cost savings over buying new parts. Our FAA-approved repairs have logged more than 1.2 million flight hours on this engine platform and are a proven source of reliability and durability."

The contract covers overhaul of the low pressure turbine shaft assembly, Module 14, during scheduled maintenance events of the F108 engines. Work will be performed at facilities within Chromalloy's service network. The F108 powers the KC-135 tanker aircraft fleet and RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft. The F108 CFM56-2B is the military variant of the CFM56-2 commercial propulsion system.


Chromalloy appoints Connolly to EMEA sales team

Gavin Connolly, a seasoned aviation industry manufacturing and aftermarket professional, has been appointed Account Manager, EMEA, with responsibility for the commercial aerospace aftermarket. Connolly will manage customer relationships and drive sales in the EMEA region. Previously he was Sales Director, Europe, at HEICO Aerospace.

Prior to that Connolly held the role of Business Development Director at ATP Ltd. Earlier he was Commercial Director at Aerosim Technologies. Previous roles included Director of Sales and General Manager at AYR Aviation Ltd. He began his career and held successive roles at Nord-Sud Aero Ltd. Connolly is a graduate of the Redhill Technical College and University of Surrey in the UK.


Technical expert is named operations director

Chromalloy has appointed Kevin Updegrove as Director of Operations at the company's investment casting foundry in Tampa, Florida. Updegrove, a long-time Chromalloy leader, is a casting, quality and operations expert whose previous roles included Director of Quality. He joined Chromalloy in 1994 and has held successive technical leadership roles.

Earlier roles include Director of Process Engineering and Director of Casting Operations. Previously, Updegrove worked at Pratt & Whitney, GE Aircraft Engines and AlliedSignal. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in metallurgical and materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


CTOTF celebrating 40 years at user's conference

The Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF) will celebrate its 40th anniversary during a fall 2015 membership gala September 20-24 at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for users, guests and exhibitors. The event is the combustion turbine industry's premier forum for sharing expertise and information.

Chromalloy will be an exhibitor at CTOTF and participants are invited to view the company's products and services on display.

The conference will feature roundtables, forums and expert presentations addressing issues of importance to the gas turbine-based power plant community. Included are plenary and general sessions on operation, overhaul and maintenance and control room performance. More information is available at


MRO Network hosting two maintenance conferences

MRO Network is sponsoring two regional conferences this month. The first, Airline Engineering and Maintenance (AE&M): China and East Asia, will be held September 9-10 in Hong Kong. The conference will explore issues and examine how airlines can optimize maintenance planning to manage expanding fleets.

Airline and MRO professionals, OEMs, MROs, lessors and other industry representatives are registered to attend. Included is a series of sessions and workshops featuring the experts shaping the engineering and maintenance segment. Registration is available at

On September 16-17 in Chicago, MRO Network will host AE&M: North America. Featured will be industry experts discussing topics around the theme, "Identifying and Exploiting Opportunities in a Mature MRO Market." Information on AE&M: North America is available at

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