US operator Clay Lacy Aviation has opened a new 24 hour aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for its FAA Part 145 repair station at Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles. This facility provides light and heavy maintenance and repair services, avionics and cabin entertainment upgrades and installations, interior design, modifications and refurbishing, and 24/7 AOG support for the southwestern US.
Employing over 70 technicians, avionics experts, interior craftsmen and support specialists, the facility sits on 7.6 acres with a 66,000 sq ft hangar and 86,000 sq ft of office and shop space. New features include an expanded parts and rotables department, interior design suite, battery refurbishment centre, client office suites and conference room. The repair station services Gulfstream, Learjet, Challenger, Global, Dassault Falcon and Hawker types and is an authorised service centre for the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300. Line maintenance is available on all other business jet models.
“We leveraged our 50 years of aviation experience to create the best one-stop aircraft maintenance centre in southern California,” says vice president, maintenance and business development Ed Mirzakhanian. “Our new Van Nuys facility can accommodate as many as 15 large-cabin aircraft and the needs of every client, from general inspections to airframe repair, domestic and international wi-fi installations to cabin management systems and complete interior upgrades.”
In addition to its Embraer Phenom approval, the facility is an authorised Gulfstream supplier and an approved dealer for Gogo, SmartSky and Honeywell high-speed internet solutions, and Honeywell, Rockwell-Collins and Garmin avionics warranty programmes. Its $3.4m parts inventory includes 6,000 line items and 55,000 parts for shipping worldwide. Also onsite is a full-service interior shop where highly skilled craftsmen perform complete cabin design, reconfiguration and refurbishing, lighting conversions, and cabinetry construction and refinishing.