Embraer signed a five-year agreement with Poland’s Lotams that makes the Warsaw-based MRO services provider an authorized aircraft service center. Lotams will provide routine checks, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, as well as component repairs for both the Embraer ERJ-145 and E-Jet series. Under the terms of the agreement Lotams will have access to Embraer’s structure-specific repair solutions and extended databases, and will be approved to handle airframe and warranty issues on behalf of Embraer customers.
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Gama Group has acquired Oxford, England-based Ronaldson Airmotive. The engine and components overhaul facility strengthens the range of aerospace engineering capabilities available through the Gama engineering group of businesses. Ronaldson joins both Gama Engineering and Gama Support Services in offering a range of engineering products and services for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operators. The company offers comprehensive design, certification, maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services at its Fairoaks and Farnborough facilities.
Just northwest of Tucson, Ariz., sits a 1,200-acre plot of ground with a 460-acre facility dedicated to aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. It has been in operation for more than 30 years and is generally considered to be the world’s largest MRO dedicated to maintenance, repair, painting, storage and end-of-life services for passenger and cargo aircraft.
Bell Helicopter and Cessna announced that their joint service facility, operated by Aviation Service in Prague, Czech Republic, has received EASA Part 145 MRO certification. The certification allows for maintenance, inspection, repair and component overhaul of the Bell 206, 407, 412, 427 and 429. It also gives Cessna the capability to perform base and line maintenance–including systems, avionics and powerplant support–for all Citations except the CJ3, CJ4 and X. Training is planned to incorporate those three models this year.
Aeria Luxury Interiors (Booth H212) is the new name for VIP completions design specialist DRB Aviation, which last month was acquired by Singapore’s ST Aerospace group.
GE Aviation and France-based Aeromecanic have signed an agreement for Aeromecanic to become an authorized service center (ASC) for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines. The ASC designation allows the MRO to offer comprehensive line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and LRU, on-wing heavy repairs and manage a pool of spare/rental engines for the Western Europe and North Africa region. GE Aviation will provide Aeromecanic with material support and training.
Cleveland-based MRO Constant Aviation is offering a complete Beechjet thrust-reverser maintenance program that includes repair and overhaul, free loaners and an exchange program with no over-and-above charges.
“We’ve found that the thrust reversers are one of the most common issues Beechjet operators are dealing with, so we’ve invested in several units to be exchanges and loaners. We can repair the full assembly or just the thrust-reverser doors [for 20 percent less cost than competitors] and with a faster turnaround time,” said Stephen Maiden, president of Constant Aviation.
Gulfstream has appointed Jet Aviation St. Louis as a factory-authorized service center. The approval gives the facility OEM authorization to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on the Gulfstream G350, G400, G450, G500, G550, GIV/IV-SP and GV. “This designation allows us to provide warranty support for Gulfstream aircraft and facilitates our access to parts and Gulfstream technical support,” said Charles Krugh, senior vice president and general manager.
Danish commercial airline Cimber Sterling has selected StandardAero for its CFM International CFM56-7B engine maintenance services. The work is being performed at StandardAero’s GE-Designated Fulfillment Center in Winnipeg, Canada. According to StandardAero it has already completed two major repair events on Cimber Sterling’s CFM56-7B engines. The partnership was established with Cimber Sterling’s request for StandardAero to manage the MRO effort, including shipping and logistics, lease engine support, on-wing removal and re-installation, and core overhaul of engines.
Weak airline profits are increasing pricing pressure on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market. That’s a big challenge–but by no means the only one–facing MRO providers in 2012, the Year of the Dragon, according to Lufthansa Technik chairman August Henningsen. “We’re happy we’re in a growth market, not a shrinking one,” he told a press conference in Singapore yesterday.