EBACE Convention News

TAG Engineering adds

 - November 28, 2006, 5:14 AM

TAG Farnborough Engineering (Booth No. 1156) plans to expand its existing two-hangar set-up with additional workshops and is aiming to move into aircraft completions within the next two years, according to engineering director Les Batty.

The facility specializes in Hawkers, which account for around 75 percent of its business, but is looking to add other types and has just been approved as a Dassault Falcon service center. It saw revenue growth of 15 percent last year and hopes business will increase in line with the growth of the airport.

Batty started the business in 1991, when it worked on just one airplane. Formerly known as Farnborough Aircraft Services, it was bought by TAG in July 2003. By last year the throughput had increased to 150 aircraft and annual growth is averaging 10 percent. “There is no limit to the possibilities for expansion except demand,” Batty said. The additional workshops will include an engine shop specializing in the Honeywell 731 family.

Work ranges from minor jobs to major tasks such as the replacement of British Aerospace Hawker 125 undercarriages when they reach their life limit of 5,000 landings or 12 years. Two 125s are currently on jacks in the hangar. Batty said the work is being carried out in two daily shifts in an effort to complete the work in three weeks.

Last month in Milan, TAG Group and Italian fashion house Gianni Versace announced that they plan to collaborate on the design and production of interiors for the Bombardier Global Express and Boeing Business Jet. Clients will be able to select items from the Versace Home lines, and a presentation of initial concepts is promised for the Farnborough airshow in July.    –B.F