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BASEL, Switzerland – Jet Aviation’s Maintenance Center in Basel recently signed an agreement with an undisclosed customer that will have the company perform its 10th C-Check on a Dassault Falcon F7X. Jet Aviation completed its first C-Check on this aircraft type in April 2015.
As a Dassault Falcon Authorized Service Center, Jet Aviation’s Maintenance Center in Basel is quickly gaining experience with the largest maintenance event for the Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft. The company recently completed two C-checks on Falcon 7X aircraft, delivering them to their respective operators following seamless test flights, and has now signed an agreement to conduct its 10th C-Check on a Falcon 7X.
To optimize the downtime, the 10th C-check at the Basel Maintenance Center will be performed in conjunction with an extensive list of Service Bulletins (SBs), including a fuel accessibility improvement for the center-wing tank (SB 338) and a fluids circulation improvement in the lower panels of the lateral center-wing tanks (SB 353). In addition, the interior will be refurbished and a new exterior paint will be applied.
“Jet Aviation works closely with the OEMs to ensure we have the necessary tooling and expertise for the various aircraft types, and we also continually strive to improve and optimize work flows to gain efficiencies and reduce ground time,” said Johannes Turzer, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation’s Maintenance Center in Basel.
Regarding the two recent deliveries, Basel’s Maintenance Director for Dassault Aircraft Fabien Fuster confirmed that both Falcon 7X operators went operational with their aircraft on the same days as their test flights. “We’ve had the opportunity to complete 9 C-Checks on the Falcon 7X the past year and a half, which has really helped us hone our skills. By drawing on our experience gained through previous checks and modifications, successive customers benefit,” explained Fuster. “With the service bulletins for this upcoming 10th C-check, for example, our professional team of technicians has already performed 14 such modifications.”
For Customer Representative Adrian Hollenbach, Technical Director & Continued Airworthiness Manager for Planair Enterprises, Jet Aviation’s expertise with the Dassault Falcon 7X was clearly paramount. “We selected the Jet Aviation Basel Maintenance Center to do our C-Check, because we knew they had considerable experience with this aircraft type. We clearly made the right choice, as we didn’t have any findings during the test flight and common problems were fixed quickly.”
Jet Aviation Basel is a world-renowned completions and maintenance center employing more than 1,600 professionals. The facility has in-house design and engineering departments, along with on-site cabinetry, upholstery, sheet metal, composite and paint shops. The organization is capable of outfitting jets as large as an Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747-8 series and has already completed numerous Airbus ACJ319, ACJ320, ACJ330, ACJ340 and Boeing B737, B757, B767 and B747 aircraft. Jet Aviation Basel also provides aircraft maintenance and repair services for a wide variety of business jets. It is a factory approved service center by Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream. The location also holds a jet aircraft repair station rating by the FAA #QV1Y440K, and the EASA #CH.145.0232 in addition to approval certificates of 28 other national aviation authorities.
Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Basel, Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 4,500 employees cater to client needs from more than 25 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and the Caribbean. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter and staffing services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of close to 300 aircraft. Please visit www.jetaviation.com and follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/jetaviation.