With a total of 20,000 hours of completed Phenom maintenance, Clay Lacy Aviation is celebrating 10 years as an authorised Embraer service centre. The company currently supports over a hundred Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft, Including the Phenom fleets at JetSuite, NetJets and Flexjet, as well as the entire west coast Embraer Phenom demo fleet. Mobile AOG teams and more than 20 Phenom technicians at Van Nuys and McClellan-Palomar provide around-the-clock support for Phenom aircraft throughout the southwestern United States. Clay Lacy also offers a wide range of maintenance services for Embraer Legacy models.
The company is currently performing 10-year inspections for Embraer Phenom aircraft at its ASCs at Van Nuys airport and McClellan-Palomar near San Diego. Phenom 100 aircraft manufactured in 2009 must complete their 120-month (10-year) inspection by the end of this year, while aircraft produced in 2010 must be inspected in 2020. Clay Lacy's factory-trained Embraer experts completed the first Phenom 100 inspection in October, with additional inspections scheduled for December and into the new year. The inspection and gear overhaul typically take four weeks, during which owners can make the most of downtime by scheduling avionics and interior upgrades to enhance their plane's safety, performance and comfort.
“One of the many reasons we chose Clay Lacy was its in-depth expertise with the Phenom aircraft,” says Phenom 100 owner and CEO Tim Brown, whose jet was recently inspected. “The inspection and gear overhauls were completed on time and on budget, and its service was exceptional throughout the process.”
The 120-month inspection is the largest and most thorough in the Phenom maintenance manuals. The interior is completely removed and all inspection panels are opened. The inspection is timed to coincide with the required overhaul of the plane's landing gear, which is removed and sent to a certified specialist. Clay Lacy is an authorised dealer for leading avionics and connectivity solutions, so Phenom owners can conveniently upgrade their aircraft with Gogo Avance L3 or L5 high-speed internet, a Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck, ADS-B, TCAS and other systems. Owners can refresh their interior with reupholstered seats in Embraer original premium leathers through Clay Lacy's onsite partner, Seat Air Systems.
To minimise downtime, Clay Lacy recommends that Embraer Phenom owners schedule their inspection six months in advance.