Embraer Executive Jets (EEJ) has revived an organized AOG effort that it calls Technical Experts in Aviation Maintenance (TEAM). The two-year effort has led the Brazilian airframer to establish TEAMs at company-owned service centers at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, and Sorocaba Airport in São Paulo, Brazil.
An EEJ spokeswoman told AIN the OEM stopped dedicating specific personnel to AOG in 2016. It instead pulled personnel from scheduled maintenance when AOG events arose. “We have now organized the teams as unscheduled manpower support and have rebranded the support function as the TEAM concept,” she said.
This year, EEJ will establish TEAMs at service centers at Melbourne International Airport in Florida and Paris Le Bourget Airport in France. Further expansion will be considered “as the need increases and we can prove the benefit of this concept,” the spokeswoman said. TEAMs are equipped with support vehicles and EEJ is reviewing the use of aircraft to support them.