aircraft sales and support firm Hawker Pacific has received Part 145
certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which means it is
now positioned to secure work on aircraft owned by European lessors.
of Hawker Pacific’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) unit, John King, says
that at times in the past the company failed to secure work from Southeast
Asian airlines because the European lessors of their
aircraft insisted the MRO firm they use has EASA Part 145 certification.
145 certification took about nine months to secure and is for Hawker Pacific’s
MRO and avionics installation facility in Cairns
and component overhaul facility in Archerfield, says
marks the first time an Australian MRO firm has received EASA Part 145
certification without first having JAA certification, according to King.
assigned a team from the French Directorate
General of Civil Aviation to come to Australia
to audit the two Hawker Pacific facilities in the state of Queensland.
a consequence of the EASA 145 certification, Hawker Pacific has already secured
work from Air Caledonie International (Aircalin) for a “major check” and
“avionics install” on that airline’s de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, says
adds that having the certification allows Hawker Pacific to compete more
effectively for work from airlines, particularly those operating turboprops and
regional jets - such as Fokker 50/100s, Saab 340s and ATR 42/72s - which are
often owned by European leasing companies.
Pacific’s maintenance hangars in Cairns
can handle heavy maintenance work on aircraft as large as Airbus A320s and
Boeing 737s and it has already handled heavy maintenance work on Bombardier
Dash 8s and Fokker 100s.
says the Cairns facility is
currently performing heavy maintenance checks and installing an enhanced ground
proximity warning system (EGPWS) on a Fokker 100 from Papua
New Guinea’s Air Niugini
as well as installing EGPWS on another Fokker 100 from Brisbane-based Alliance
Pacific’s Cairns facility has no
equivalent US FAA certification but its Sydney
facilities do, says King, adding that the company has no immediate plans to
seek FAA certification for the Cairns