France’s Auvergne region is set to establish an asset management service for business and regional aircraft as part of a drive to consolidate and strengthen the aerospace industry in the region. The service is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2006.

The Auvergne regional council, with partners including Aeroconseil subsidiary ATS International, are collaborating on the Oasis project that will include a call centre to co-ordinate services for aircraft operators with local businesses based at Clermont-Ferrand airport.

Aon Explorer, a consultancy that is advising the Auvergne Regional Council on the project, says it expects to complete feasibility studies and business plans for each area of activity within the Oasis project by the end of September. In the meantime, the consultancy is in discussions with potential clients, in particular aircraft owners based across Europe.

The Oasis project will include a “one-stop-shop” to provide asset management services including technical documentation for business and regional aircraft operators. The centre will manage changes in ownership, changes in lease contracts and changes in aircraft function.

Source: Flight International