MROAM: MAEL gears up for 787 technical training

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UK maintenance provider Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) plans in October to start third-party technical training for Boeing 787 support staff.

The company, which became the airframer's first European partner for its Goldcare aftermarket programme, is currently investing $2.5 million to refurbish its training facility at its base at Luton Airport.

This investment is solely financed by Monarch, the company tells Flightglobal Pro.

New equipment will include computer-based training systems and focus in particular on composite repairs and fibre-optic technology.

MAEL wants to qualify B1 (airframe) and B2 (avionics and electrics) engineers from October. Specialist courses for composites and fibre-optic equipment are scheduled to begin in January.

The maintenance provider has so far qualified 20 of its engineers for the 787 and plans to increase this to at least 60 over the next year.

The company adds that it has "a number" of potential customers for both aircraft maintenance and technical training services.

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