ExecuJet MRO Services Australia has completed the first 120 month (8C) heavy maintenance check performed in Australia on a Bombardier Global Express. The 8C check involves a large scope of work, including many structural inspections. To inspect the airframe and other structures, the interior cabin needs to be dismantled and removed, as do the external panels, to enclosed structural areas. In addition, the 8C check includes performing functional checks on all the operating systems, such as the flight controls, and overhauling the landing gear.
During the project ExecuJet completed many recommended service bulletins and upgrades offered by Bombardier. Incorporating these during the 8C inspection enhances the aircraft's asset value and reduces downtime later on.
All the work was carried out at the company's MRO facility at Sydney airport. ExecuJet MRO Services Australia was selected because of its many years of experience with the Global series aircraft. The operator, Walker Air Services, was also able to closely oversee the work in progress.
VP for Australasia Grant Ingall says: “Our capabilities to perform the 10-year inspection have been built up over many years of performing heavy maintenance. We are a Bombardier authorised service centre and we've made significant investments in Bombardier tooling and factory training our licensed engineers on the Global series of aircraft. We have been supporting Global Express series aircraft in the region since it was first introduced 20 years ago.” The 8C heavy maintenance check is the largest scheduled maintenance check for Global Express.
ExecuJet predicts that more operators will choose to have 8C maintenance checks carried out in Australia, thanks to the company's strong track record and reputation in the market. Ingall concludes: “In previous years, there was a tendency for operators to perform these checks in Europe and the US, but local operators do value our service 'day in and day out'. They have confidence in our technical capabilities to deliver a quality service, on-time and cost effectively.”