Ruag (chalet A7) has made a breakthrough in its bid to diversify its engine support business by landing a licence to conduct heavy maintenance on its first civil type.

Honeywell has authorised the Swiss aerospace and defence technology group to offer services on its TPE331 engine, which powers a range of business aircraft - among them Ruag's own Do228NG.

Ruag's vice-president of subsystems and products Stephan Jezler says the new capability represents a "logical step" as the company bids to diversify its business. Well established as a provider of military engine support, Ruag has set a core objective to boost its presence in that market's civil counterpart.

"We have the knowledge; we have the infrastructure," says Jezler.

Business aviation accounts for some 20% of turnover at Ruag as a whole.

Source: Flight Daily News