Falcon gets GCAA approval for Al Maktoum line maintenance operations
May 13, 2017
Falcon Aviation now has the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA’s) approval to commence line maintenance operations at its Dubai facility. According to Terry Spruce’s 8 May 2017 article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website, the company “has received approvals from the GCAA to perform third-party line maintenance at its new Dubai South facility.” As Spruce reports, the newly licensed facility is located at the same site as the company’s FBO facility in the VIP terminal.
The GCAA approval provides Falcon with greater operational flexibility since it includes the maintenance of a variety of Airbus helicopter models. The company is also allowed to provide maintenance support for the Pilatus PC-12.
Falcon’s top management has expressed satisfaction at the new development. Spruce quotes Falcon’s Director of Maintenance, Nicolas Tejera, as saying: “We are very pleased to be expanding our expertise at our new Dubai South base. Accordingly, we have merged our extensive AOG teams at Al Bateen with Dubai South (DWC) and have recruited and trained up more aircraft engineers so they can multi-task at either of these bases. This means we can offer our clients the flexibility they need with line support coupled with a strong availability of inventory and spare parts.”
The senior management at the company is also relishing the opportunity to provide regional private aviation operators with additional options for maintaining their aircraft. According to Spruce’s article, Falcon’s Service Centre Manager, Ronnie McCrae, elaborates: “We are offering customers easy access to reposition between Abu Dhabi and Dubai South. There are increasing constraints regarding hangar space in Dubai, so our offering will be welcomed by the numerous companies we support.”
Spruce quotes Tejera as adding: “This is all part of our long-term plan to offer a full one-stop-shop offering in the region. Line maintenance and AOG support is a crucial part of that. We are very excited by this challenge and are looking forward to creating a solid proposition for full service support for business aviation operators and owners in the region.”