Australia's Hawker Pacific gets EASA certification

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Australian 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.

VP 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.

EASA 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 King.

This marks the first time an Australian MRO firm has received EASA Part 145 certification without first having JAA certification, according to King.

EASA 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.

As 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 King.

He 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.

Hawker 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.

King 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 Airlines.

Hawker Pacific’s Cairns facility has no equivalent US FAA certification but its Sydney and Bankstown facilities do, says King, adding that the company has no immediate plans to seek FAA certification for the Cairns facility.