AJ Walter Technique receives key approval to start operations

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AJ Walter Technique has received Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approved maintenance organisation status for its new Montreal maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation.

The new operation is housed in the facility Aveos Fleet Performance used before shuttering its doors last March.

Achieving the certification is a critical step for the new repair station to start up operations in early 2013 as planned.

"We have been working to an aggressive timescale and this is the first step in our ramp up phase, said AJ Walter president Christopher Whiteside. "Our objective was to start repair operations before the end of the first quarter of 2013 and we will achieve this with a clear focus on the quality and streamlining of processes for optimum turn-around times."

The repair station can start receiving part numbers as soon as mid-February, says the MRO. The facility serves as the component specialists' global headquarters for maintenance and repair. The building has been downsized about 25% from its initial Aveos configuration and will initially focus on strengthening component repair capabilities for the Airbus A320's International Aero Engines V2500-A5 and eventually widebody parts for aircraft like the Boeing 777.

The TCCA certification is a step towards achieving other approvals, like European Aviation Safety Agency certification and AS9110 approval, AJ Walter Technique says.

AJ Walter acquired the assets of Aveos' component repair business in September after the MRO declared insolvency on 19 March 2012.