Sikorsky Aerospace Services (Hall 3 D108) has signed an agreement with Switzerland’s Ruag Aviation (Hall 4 B76) to designate its Aplnach helicopter facility as an authorized customer service center (CSC) to support the S-76 helicopter type.
Swiss-based aerospace technology group Ruag is justifiably proud of a recent blitz project. A Bombardier Global Express entered its hangar in Munich and rolled out just 12 weeks later after a complete (10-year) 8C-check, with a landing gear overhaul, fresh paint job and interior refurbishment for good measure. The challenge was met through expert coordination and planning.
Ruag Aviation has delivered its first modernized 228NG twin turboprop to launch customer New Central Airservice. The delivery was made in late September, just a few weeks after the manufacturer received European certification for the aircraft.
Germany’s Ruag Aviation received EASA certification for the Do-228NG on August 18, two-and-a-half years after the company launched the program to bring the Do-228 back into production. The Oberfaffenhofen factory built more than 200 Dornier Do-228s before production ended in 2002. Ruag holds the original type certificate for the airplane and continued to provide aftermarket support for the 150 aircraft still operating.
TrueNorth Avionics last month said its Simphone¯ OpenCabin has been selected as the cabin communications system for its first European Union head-of-state executive jet. The system is being installed aboard a Bombardier Challenger under an EASA certification. This sale marked the first order from TrueNorth dealer Ruag Aerospace Services, which is performing the installation at its facility in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
Ruag Aerospace plans to deliver its first new-build 19-seat Dornier 228 New Generation to a still-unidentified Japanese commuter airline at the end of September. The Switzerland-based group is one of two companies to recently re-introduce a vintage 19-seat unpressurized turboprop to the regional airline and utility market.
Switzerland’s Ruag Aerospace plans to deliver its first new-build 19-seat Dornier Do-228 New Generation to an as yet unidentified Japanese commuter airline at the end of September, Ruag Aerospace Services sales director Hubert Seher told AIN at the Regional Airline Association Convention in Milwaukee in late May.
The Ruag Group has streamlined its business aircraft maintenance facilities in response to a net loss in that sector of approximately $103 million for 2009 compared with a net profit of $50 million in 2008. However, Ruag Holding CEO Lukas Braunschweiler pointed out that the loss is allocated entirely to its aircraft component manufacturing division, where low-cost competition is exerting strong pressure on prices.
ExxonMobil Avitat FBO Network Expands
ExecuJet Aviation Group and Ruag are teaming up to deliver an enhanced maintenance, repair and overhaul product. Through the new strategic alliance customers will benefit from a range of aircraft management and aftermarket services, from pre-owned and new aircraft sales through aircraft management and comprehensive maintenance, modification and cabin refurbishment.