AMAC Aerospace becomes first independent European MRO to complete 16-year structural inspection on Gulfstream V.

Monday 16th December 2013

AMAC Aerospace today announced it has successfully completed a 16-year/192-month structural inspection on a Gulfstream V business jet as its Basel, Switzerland hangar facilities.    Finishing the work in November, which included repetitive eight year/96-month inspection tasks, AMAC becomes the first independently-owned MRO specialist in Europe to successfully perform this complex maintenance review.  The Gulfstream V is a new type to AMAC's extensive maintenance portfolio.

The inspection required the removal of all cabin and cockpit equipment, as well as furnishings, baring the fuselage skin and all mechanisms and structural parts for thorough review.  The detailed inspection also included removal and subsequent reinstallation of all hard shell, insulation blanket and sound proofing materials.

Various non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections were also carried out on the structural parts below the fuselage floor and on the nacelle/pylon. The inspection also incorporated numerous aircraft service parts changes. Notably, AMAC undertook a complicated ASC 173A Water Line Ribbon Heater Upgrade which was carried out once the body of the cabin was removed.  This unprecedented inspection on a GV confirmed there was no structural fuselage damage caused by corrosion or fatigue. The aircraft was returned to the customer following the full service on time and on budget.

"We are extremely proud to be the first MRO facility in Europe to complete this major inspection of a Gulfstream V.  The activity demonstrated the broad range of skills and expertise the dedicated engineering team at AMAC can deliver.  Our team's focus, capabilities and understanding of the challenging requirements ensures that we can provide our customers with the best professional service possible.  Having completed this first inspection we are now well positioned to discuss similar long term inspections with other Gulfstream owners.  It adds a strong string to our bow of aircraft inspection options," said Bernd Schramm, AMAC Group Chief Operating Officer.

"The maintenance input included 12 months of planning, with the resulting aircraft downtime on schedule and within budget. The first flight after the full maintenance schedule completion was seamless and the aircraft operated perfectly," commented Jamie Shawyer, Chief Pilot of TAK Aviation Limited.

AMAC has proven expertise to perform all major inspections including repairs and modifications, delivery of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Customer Bulletins (CB) Service Bulletins (SB) and Airworthiness directive (AD) avionic repairs, upgrades and other installation undertakings, adding to its s extensive maintenance service capabilities.

About AMAC Aerospace:

AMAC Aerospace, founded in 2007, is headed by Group Executive Chairman & CEO Kadri Muhiddin.  The company boasts a 600-strong workforce and an order book of US$1 billion plus.  Its business is split 60:40 between VIP completions and maintenance work and its extensive hangarage facilities in Basel, Switzerland have the capability to accommodate two wide-body and four single-aisle large jets, plus lighter business jet types.

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