AAR’s aircraft maintenance operation in Lake Charles, La., received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to work on European widebodies. The MRO previously worked under a short-term approval granted through AAR’s EASA-certified facility in Miami. The facility received its FAA certification for domestic aircraft in November. The Lake Charles MRO, one of six that AAR operates in North America, provides services that include scheduled maintenance, structural repairs and re-engineering aircraft interiors.
Indian MRO Industry
Sanad Aero Solutions Gmbh (Booth D11) has seen assets under management grow three-fold in two years, as its work with a growing number of airlines around the world gains traction.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted a CCAR 145 maintenance organization certificate to Flying Colours. The Peterborough, Ontario-based maintenance, completions and refurbishments provider claims the approval makes it the first Canadian MRO to receive complete airframe and specialized service approval under Chinese civil aviation regulations.
While the U.S. and Europe remain the largest markets for business aviation, since 2008 the growth of business aircraft fleets in Africa, Latin America and Asia has been intense. “Malaysia, which has been experiencing a strong growth in demand for business travel for several years now, is trying to attract new MRO-related investments and the conditions for that seem to be more than favorable,” said Kestutis Volungevicius, head of FL Technics.
Duncan Aviation has selected Houston-based AV8 MRO as its preferred provider for the repair and overhaul of all Hawker landing gear.
“This agreement allows Duncan Aviation to take advantage of our complete in-house repair and overhaul capabilities, while also giving them the opportunity to offer an overhaul exchange program to their customers,” said Yoel Arnoni, one of the MRO’s principals.
With business remaining relatively stagnant in Europe and North America, the business aviation industry is looking to other parts of the world for growth, and nowhere is growing faster than Africa. An economic explosion in the exploitation of oil/gas and mineral reserves is driving a need for a boom in corporate aviation, not only to support internal operations, but also to bring in the executives from overseas who represent a major increase in inward investment into the continent, especially from China.
StandardAero expanded its CompleteCare program over the past year and finalized its OEM authorization for the next-generation Embraer Legacy 450/500 jets. This broadens its existing agreement with Embraer to be an authorized service center on the Legacy 600/650 series and fulfills a letter of intent signed last year.
Canadian company Vector Aerospace is in the planning stages for its first maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary and service center in Latin American. Senior executives from the company, which already has MRO facilities in 21 countries on six continents, along with its local representatives are at LABACE (Stand 3005) to discuss their services with local operators.
From a humble beginning with just an MRO setup in Singapore, ST Aerospace has expanded rapidly into a global service-provider in key aviation hubs in the Americas, China, Europe and Singapore. It provides a wide range of airframe services for all Boeing and Airbus aircraft types with capability up to heavy maintenance.
Jet Aviation Basel signed an agreement at EBACE with Custom Control Concepts (Booth 385) of Kent, Washington, to become the company’s exclusive authorized service center in Europe. Custom Control Concepts provides custom inflight entertainment equipment, lighting and cabin management systems to high-end jets and heads-of-state aircraft.
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