25-Sep-2013 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the opening of a new Repair and Overhaul facility for its subsidiary Agusta Aerospace Services, thus further expanding its Customer Support activities in Europe.
The R&O facility has a surface of 2,016 m² and is located in Zaventem close to Brussels airport. The facility includes NDI test capability, test benches for each transmission approved, a painting room, inspection room and offices. R&O is conducted for all of Agusta Aerospace Services’ customers, as required, including management of vendor items.
Agusta Aerospace Service undertakes R&O covering the range of AgustaWestland’s light twin models including A109 legacy, AW109 Power and GrandNew, the B204/205/206 and AB212/412 helicopter types, with EASA-Part 145 approval from the Belgian CAA (BCAA under BE.145.22). The facility achieved FAA approval in 2007.
Daniele Romiti, AgustaWestland CEO, said: “This facility is called to support our existing and expanding product range playing a key role in the important European market and in other regions. Agusta Aerospace Services is and will be a major part of the effort of providing our customers with the best and most comprehensive range of support services available. We’ve increasingly become a total capability provider and we are committed to further strengthening this strategy to allow our growing customer base to maximize mission effectiveness and improve efficiencies.”
The new facility will now become a Centre of Excellence for AW109 transmissions and will help serve the customers in Europe and abroad while getting ready to support the latest additions into the AgustaWestland product range in the future, namely the AW189 and AW169 models. Belgian Army, Dubai Air Wing and Air Transport Europe are examples of many customers who have been benefitting of Agusta Aerospace Services’ activities so far.
Mr. Alessandro Baricci, Head of Customer Support and Services, AgustaWestland
H.E. Ambassador Alfredo Bastianelli – Italian Ambassador to Belgium
Mr. Daniele Romiti, AgustaWestland CEO
Mr. Francis Vermeiren – Mayor of Zaventem
Mr. John Ponsonby – Senior VP Customer Support and Training Services AgustaWestland
H.E. Ambassador Jonathan Brenton – British Ambassador to Belgium
Mr. Rupert Dix – Managing Director, Agusta Aerospace Services