US MRO Constant Aviation has expanded its nationwide AOG mobile response network by more than 15 per cent this year to meet growing customer demand. More than 50 fully-trained technicians deploy in more than 30 mobile units from 24 strategically-located base stations to provide dedicated maintenance, avionics and structure services. New network sites include Scottsdale, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
During the first half of 2021, Constant AOG teams have provided service at over 300 airports. Among the most active service regions during the first half of the year have been Dallas, Scottsdale, the San Francisco Bay area and throughout the Northeast.
Early in the year, pandemic travel patterns dictated a larger volume of leisure private air travel to more remote locations as aircraft owners self-isolated at second home locations outside of cities. Constant's AOG mobile teams were well-positioned to service aircraft on the ground at remote airports possessing very little permanent maintenance infrastructure. As the country has re-emerged and pandemic precautions are lifted, Constant Aviation continues to see a sharp increase for AOG mobile support calls originating out of major events drawing private air traffic such as golf tournaments, auto and horse races, art and music festivals as well as heavy summer weekend travel to coastal locales in the US Northeast.
“Private aviation flight activity has recovered significantly during the past year and is now at or above pre-pandemic levels in many cases,” reveals Paul Witt, Constant Aviation's VP of AOG. “Business travel is expected to truly take root in late Q3. As a result, we are seeing both the need to return to service corporate aircraft that had been parked during the pandemic and aircraft with an overall increase in flight hours due to aircraft owners flying for leisure travel, requiring greater inspection and maintenance activity. This trend is likely to continue through the rest of 2021 and beyond, and we have the capacity to meet continued growth in demand.”
Constant Aviation AOG mobile teams now support 86 aircraft models from 14 manufacturers, and each AOG vehicle is fully tooled and supplemented with larger tooling strategically placed around the country, so aircraft can be serviced wherever they are located, whether in a hangar, at an FBO or on a ramp. During the past year, Constant Aviation AOG technicians also have serviced aircraft stranded outside the US in locations such as the Bahamas, Mexico (Cabo), the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.
In addition to its network of mobile technicians, Constant Aviation operates full-service aircraft maintenance facilities at Cleveland Hopkins International airport and Orlando Sanford International, providing airframe and engine maintenance, major repairs, avionics, interiors and painting.