Jet Aviation Singapore announced on the eve of the show that it has been awarded approvals that will allow it to undertake full maintenance work on Chinese Cessna Citation 550 and 650s and Hong Kong-registered Bombardier Global Express aircraft.

The approvals have been a long time coming - three years in the case of the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority and more than a year with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department - but worth the wait, says Geoffrey Hopkins, vice-president and general manager of Jet Aviation Singapore.


Speaking as the show opened, he said: "These two new approvals signify a major achievement for Jet Aviation Singapore, allowing us to increase maintenance capabilities and actively market our services. Since China is a growing market, we are confident that we will attract future business in the region."

While limited to maintenance of Citation 550 and 650 aircraft, the Chinese approval includes scheduled inspections up to phase 14, defect rectifications, avionics installations, upgrades and refurbishments.

Hopkins says the approval currently covering only Hong Kong-registered Global Express aircraft will be amended to include other types in the future.

In Switzerland, Jet Aviation Geneva announced the successful de-mating of both wings on a Gulfstream II as part of a large-scale maintenance. Corrosion was spotted during a routine inspection after which the aircraft was ferried to Geneva for assessment. This required removal of the single-unit wings from the fuselage.

The complete wing area will be treated with alodine, a coating of aluminium and painted before the aircraft is delivered to the customer.

Source: Flight Daily News