AAR completes first heavy maintenance check

By By Frank DiCesare / American Press

AAR officials on Tuesday announced the

completion of their first heavy maintenance check on a commercial

aircraft at the company’s

facility at Chennault International Airport.

The company finished work on the first

of four Airbus A330 aircraft, all of which had been left in various

stages of repair

when Aeroframe vacated the facility in early August. Danny

Martinez, AAR’s vice president of technical services, said heavy

maintenance checks include disassembling the aircraft, performing

structural checks, and upgrading or changing components

that need replacing.

“After all that’s done we put the aircraft back together again, and off they go until the next heavy maintenance visit is

scheduled,” Martinez said.

Once the work is complete, the aircraft

are released to AAR’s clients. Martinez said the clients do not want

their identities

divulged, but added that the Airbus A330s are all from overseas

companies. Three of the aircraft are still in the middle of

their heavy maintenance work.

Martinez said AAR hopes to complete all maintenance work and release the aircraft to its clients by the end of the year.

AAR’s work on the first Airbus A330 was

completed just two weeks after the company received its Lake Charles

operating certificate

from the Federal Aviation Administration. Martinez said the

company had been working in Lake Charles under its Miami operating

certificate as a “work away,” a practice the FAA grants to repair

stations that operate remotely.

“We started working on these aircraft

because there was an immediate need on several levels,” Martinez said.

“One of those

needs was employing the folks that were still there when we became

the landlord of the facility and were contracted to complete

the work. In order to do that quickly we used a process where we

can work away from station.”

Martinez said all future AAR aircraft

work done locally will be conducted under the company’s Lake Charles

operating certificate.

AAR’s local facility is its 14th FAA-certified repair station.