RUAG Aviation in Munich fulfilled a 15-month and 30-month heavy maintenance inspection on a Gulfstream G550. Long-time partner Sky-Tech Maintenance Service SL awarded the contract which was optimised to include full aircraft painting and engine maintenance. The Gulfstream G550 project ran according to schedule and was delivered to complete customer satisfaction.
“The full selection of one-stop shop solutions available at RUAG allowed us to cater to our Gulfstream G550 customer’s individual needs,” states Victor Soria Sainz, Manager, Sky-Tech Maintenance Service SL. “Over the years, on previous aircraft projects, RUAG has consistently proven to be a reliable partner for heavy maintenance events and on-schedule aircraft availability. So we are very pleased they include the Gulfstream G550 in their service portfolio,” he confirms.
The 15-month and 30-month maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) event required a five-week downtime which Sky-Tech chose to combine with a full exterior repainting of the Gulfstream G550, at the owner’s request. The completed repainting required the RUAG aircraft painting specialists to adapt a new livery design, matching the owner’s vision and requirements. The exterior repainting in the dedicated aircraft painting shop followed on the in-house production of the design masks. In addition to MRO and aircraft painting, RUAG technicians fulfilled line maintenance services on the Rolls-Royce engines. RUAG also supported partner Sky-Tech with specific Gulfstream G550 knowledge sharing, enabling on-the-job training for their own engineering technician.
RUAG Aviation’s one-stop shop proves itself a reliable outsourcing partner to other aircraft service providers seeking to enhance and expand the solutions they offer their customers. “Our organisation remains responsive to meeting individual customer needs. Aircraft services providers appreciate this and regularly approach us for the complementary solutions we bring to their projects,” explains Volker Wallrodt, Senior Vice President Business Jets, Dornier 228 & Components, RUAG Aviation.
Engineering is at the centre of RUAG Aviation’s capabilities. It is a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 Maintenance Organisation, a Part 21G and 21J Design Organisation (DOA), and retains Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals to include full maintenance services for business aircraft.
RUAG Aviation is a one-stop shop for the support of business aircraft, performing all required services within one single downtime, adapted to suit individual schedules. The comprehensive portfolio of services include line, base and heavy maintenance, C-checks, modifications, complete cockpit and avionics reconfigurations, cabin interior restylings and refurbishments, aircraft painting, system upgrades, component services, AOG, PPI, aircraft remarketing, FBO, and support and consulting.
Sky-Tech Maintenance Services is an approved Part 145 EASA Maintenance Organisation for Bombardier Global Series and Challenger CL604 and CL605 and Gulfstream G550.
RUAG Aviation is a leading supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide.
Servicing aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company’s core competencies include maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacturing and integration of subsystems.
RUAG is an authorised service centre for OEMs of renown, such as Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Bombardier, Cirrus, Diamond, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Leonardo, Piaggio, Sikorsky, Textron Aviation, and Piper, as well as a service centre for 328 Support Services, Viking and MD Helicopters. RUAG Aviation is also a partner to the Swiss Armed Forces and other international air forces.
The company is also the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for special missions, as well as passenger and cargo operations.
RUAG Aviation is an approved Part 21/J EASA Design Organisation, Part 21/G EASA Production Organisation, and Part 145 EASA Maintenance Organisation.
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RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace, security and defence for use on land, in the air and in space. 57% of RUAG’s products and services are destined for the civil market and 43% for the military market. The Group is headquartered in Bern (Switzerland). It has production sites in Switzerland and in 13 other countries in Europe, the USA and Asia-Pacific. Around 8700 employees – of whom 430 are trainees – represent 48 nationalities and generate sales of some CHF 1.86 billion.