AgustaWestland is boosting its customer-support capability with the opening of a new fleet operations center. The facility, located close to the Italian helicopter manufacturer’s headquarters near Milan Malpensa International Airport, is staffed and equipped to handle urgent technical questions and spares requirements around the clock.
Sargent Aerospace & Defense is investing in extensive new facilities and reorganizing itself to be ready for what it anticipates will be an upturn in the aerospace market during the second half of 2011. The 90-year-old U.S. company has initiated a strategic realignment plan resulting in the integration of its four main manufacturing operations for OEMs and others for aftermarket support services.
St. Louis-based JetCorp Technical Services announced it will be moving into a new facility also located on Spirit of St Louis Airport. It includes a 57,000-sq-ft hangar with shop space, a component and sheet metal work area, an avionics facility, and new maintenance and sales offices.
According to a study conducted by research firm AeroStrategy, the aviation maintenance industry in the U.S. employs 274,634 people and annually “the industry’s direct and indirect impact on the U.S. economy is $39 billion.” The study is based on information culled from government data last year.
With its recent certification as a Venezuelan repair station, Boca Raton-based Reliable Jet Center is adding another maintenance facility in South Florida.
Larry Shiembob, general manager of Timken’s Aerospace Aftermarket Solutions in Mesa, Ariz., told AIN the company is enhancing its overhaul and repair operations by adding 100 new replacement parts to its portfolio of FAA-approved parts and assemblies. “We are sharpening our focus on engine overhaul and repair, and we expect customers to benefit from that emphasis,” he said.
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Pewaukee, Wis.-based VJS Lincoln, a division of VJS Construction Services that specializes in aviation development and construction, recently completed construction on a new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for Hawker Beechcraft. The 80,000-sq-ft facility is located at Indianapolis International Airport and features a maintenance hangar, shop and part storage area and administrative office.
“Global MRO Market Economic Assessment,” a study commissioned by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and conducted by AeroStrategy, has yielded insight about the breadth of the aviation maintenance (MRO) industry and its impact on the U.S. economy.
A number of business jets–more than 3,000 by some estimates–are sitting idle on the ramp as their owners wait for the economy to improve. According to Rich Schuller, founder of Schuller Aerospace Services International of Scottsdale, Ariz., there could be trouble brewing for those owners.