Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, which is the host facility for ABACE at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, chalked up an aviation first in China when it received approval last month from the CAAC, China’s airworthiness authority, for maintenance on the Dassault Falcon 900 series, which includes the 900DX, 900LX and 900EX EASy models.
Coupled with Shanghai Hawker Pacific’s previous approvals for the Falcon 7X and Falcon 2000EASy series in 2012, this latest approval makes the company “the first MRO for business aviation in mainland China to have approval to maintain all of the in-production models for any OEM.”
Explained Carey Matthews, general manager of Shanghai Hawker Pacific, “Elsewhere, having the complete in-production line-up on the MRO certificate may not be such a monumental event. Here, however, it does signify the steady march of progress for business aviation in China and the continuing maturation of the country’s infrastructure.”
In February, the FAA approved Shanghai Hawker Pacific as an overseas repair station. This makes it the first–and currently only–dedicated business aviation support facility to hold FAA Part 145 approval in mainland China.