With India’s airlines still mired in losses, the country’s new budget, announced on July 11, did little to address some of the aviation industry’s most pressing concerns. It offered nothing on reforms in taxation on aviation fuel and maintenance, repair and overhaul—long issues of contention the aviation industry hoped India’s new government would address.
Indian MRO Industry
Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours has received approval from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) to work on business aircraft registered in the State of Qatar. The MRO will provide a range of regular and line maintenance work on business jets originating from the Middle East. QCAA status enables the MRO to undertake continuing airworthiness and maintenance work on aircraft including all those under its Transport Canada Civil Aviation approval (the Bombardier Challenger and Global series and the Dassault Falcon series).
The 123 Go program is AV8 MRO’s flat-rate plan that offers operators choices in pricing methods and turn times when having their Hawker landing gear repaired, overhauled or exchanged. Operators who choose to have their landing gear serviced at AV8 MRO can pick the service needed–repair, overhaul or exchange–and then select their preferred pricing method, including actual labor/material cost, time/material cost with “not to exceed amount” or a flat rate.
Stuttgart, Germany-based DC Aviation, an EASA Part 145-certified maintenance operation, has acquired Cayman Island OTAR-145 certification. DC Aviation has been offering both line and base maintenance services for various types of executive jet and the Airbus A320 series since 1999. Cayman Island certification will allow the MRO to expand its services to VP-registered aircraft effective immediately.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the oldest and most respected names in aerospace through its long history, consisting primarily of military work. While it has been involved in business aviation for many years, and has 40 years’ experience in performing MRO work on Cessna Citations, the group is now dramatically expanding its footprint in the sector.
Subic Bay, Philippines-based business jet service center Aviation Concepts Technical Services (ACTSI) has added Bermuda DCA AMO approval to its list of regulatory accreditations.
The approval allows the MRO to maintain, repair and return to service Bermuda-registered aircraft built by Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker.
AAR’s aircraft maintenance operation in Lake Charles, La., received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to work on European widebodies. The MRO previously worked under a short-term approval granted through AAR’s EASA-certified facility in Miami. The facility received its FAA certification for domestic aircraft in November. The Lake Charles MRO, one of six that AAR operates in North America, provides services that include scheduled maintenance, structural repairs and re-engineering aircraft interiors.
Sanad Aero Solutions Gmbh (Booth D11) has seen assets under management grow three-fold in two years, as its work with a growing number of airlines around the world gains traction.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted a CCAR 145 maintenance organization certificate to Flying Colours. The Peterborough, Ontario-based maintenance, completions and refurbishments provider claims the approval makes it the first Canadian MRO to receive complete airframe and specialized service approval under Chinese civil aviation regulations.
While the U.S. and Europe remain the largest markets for business aviation, since 2008 the growth of business aircraft fleets in Africa, Latin America and Asia has been intense. “Malaysia, which has been experiencing a strong growth in demand for business travel for several years now, is trying to attract new MRO-related investments and the conditions for that seem to be more than favorable,” said Kestutis Volungevicius, head of FL Technics.
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