Component maintenance provider Oakenhurst Aircraft Services has opened an oxygen system repair shop at its headquarters in Rayleigh, near London.
The company is already servicing oxygen systems at its facility in Kiev, Ukraine but has now set up a workshop at its UK site due to growing demand. An additional factor is that pressurised equipment counts as dangerous goods and is therefore costly to transport, the firm said.
The UK workshop will provide overhaul and repair for fixed and portable oxygen systems, including passenger service units, regulators, oxygen masks and smoke hoods for crew members.
While oxygen equipment typically has "quite high" removal rates on aircraft, it is "normally far cheaper" to test and repair than replace these units, said managing Director Charlie Parker.