Cessna Aircraft is fielding its fifth Citation mobile service unit (MSU) and locating it to handle Citation maintenance at South Florida airports. The unit, part of Cessna’s ServiceDirect maintenance delivery group, is based at SheltAir Aviation at Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.
Cessna chose South Florida because of the significant number of based or transient Citations in the area, Mark Paolucci, senior vice president for customer service, told AIN.
According to Paolucci, the MSU and two-technician crew use a full-size service truck equipped with tooling to perform a variety of Citation diagnostic and maintenance functions, including AOG support. The team can perform medium-scale planned maintenance events as well as engine removal.
Paolucci said the program has proved successful. The Fort Lauderdale MSU joins four others located in North Carolina, Texas, Arizona and Southern California. “In 2009 the in-service trucks made 541 service calls, traveling more than 70,000 miles and performing 310 unscheduled and 231 scheduled maintenance jobs,” he said.