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 - April 28, 2011, 6:10 AM

Bell Helicopter’s service facility at Prague Ruzyne International Airport is the site of sister Textron company Cessna Aircraft’s newest Citation service facility. The EASA-approved Cessna operation shares the 32,000-sq-ft facility and has already begun offering scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and warranty work. Cessna staffs and manages the facility.

Stan Younger, v-p of service facilities, told AIN Cessna plans to expand its capabilities to include base maintenance.

Cessna is also assembling a second mobile service unit (MSU) for deployment in central Europe to complement the new service center. The first Citation MSU, owned by Cessna’s Paris Citation service center, was recently positioned in Lyon, France, and covers the south of France, Switzerland, northern Italy and northern Spain.

“The MSU is a heavy-duty truck equipped with tooling to perform unplanned and light planned maintenance, including a hoist for engine changes. It also has a full complement of avionics diagnostic equipment on board,” Younger said. “Currently the MSU is staffed with technicians from the Paris facility.”

Cessna also recently began construction of a new service center in Valencia, Spain, scheduled to begin operations next year. Cessna opened its first European service center in Paris in 1997.