Evergreen Apple Grows Support Tree
Lagos-based FBO Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN, Stand 420) announced here at MEBA 2012 it has expanded its maintenance operations through its relationship with EASA-certified Maintenance Centre Malta (MCM) and its recent designation as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
“Ninety percent of the business aircraft in Nigeria are foreign registered,” said Segun Demuren, EAN’s CEO and founder. “Now, with our EASA-certified partner, there’s no need [for owners] to travel to Dubai, Europe or South Africa for maintenance. They can have that done here.” Three MCM engineers are now based full time at EAN, with maintenance work managed by an EASA-certified engineer.
EAN, which operates the first fully integrated FBO, maintenance and hangar facility for business jets at Murtala Mohammed Airport, is already equipped for maintenance of SAFT batteries and wheels for aircraft including the Dornier 328 and Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global Express models. With its new AMO status, EAN will expand its wheel and battery services to a wider range of aircraft, and moves one step closer to its long-term goal of offering full line maintenance for Nigerian registered aircraft.
EAN is now working to extend its maintenance capabilities for rotorcraft, beginning with the Bell 430 and 427 helicopters, as well as fixed-wing general aviation aircraft, such as the de Havilland Twin Otter float plane.
In June, EAN recruited an FAA-certified engineer with Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority approval, and more recently an A&P (airframe and powerplant technician) from the U.S., who has extensive experience in Nigeria.
With its six maintenance specialists and ample ramp space, EAN can service up to six midsize business jets on the parked space, or four in its hangar. Additionally, EAN has added a fuel truck to its operations, ensuring quick fueling operations. o