A Global Express has been redelivered following a successful 240-month check, avionics modification and service bulletin work at Jet Aviation’s maintenance site in Geneva, Switzerland. It was the facility’s first 240-month check on a Bombardier Global Express. The company is now working on a combined 120/180-month check for a Global Express XRS, and says similar projects are in the pipeline.
Essentially a repeat (the second) of the largest inspection for the Global Express, the 240-month check involves an extensive overhaul of all major aircraft systems and structures, including the internal side of the fuselage. Gaining access for such rigorous scrutiny necessitates removal of the entire cabin and soundproofing materials, which Jet Aviation emphasised involved taking exceptional care in their storage, and paying great attention to detail for the duration of the check.
“We worked in close collaboration with both the customer and the OEM to ensure the aircraft’s structural integrity and airworthiness,” said Guillaume Hamez, director of maintenance, Jet Aviation Geneva. “To take advantage of the downtime, the customer elected to have a Ka-band satellite system installed in parallel to the check. As expected with an inspection of this magnitude, we found various defects, including corrosion on the aircraft’s flaps and vertical stabs, which we successfully addressed.”
“The successful completion and redelivery of this large-scale check to a satisfied customer is testament to the dynamic capabilities and dedication of our Geneva team,” said Cyril Martiniere, vice president, MRO services, Europe. “With all maintenance services available on-site, we are also able to offer customers an efficient timeline for these extensive checks, minimising downtime and ensuring consistent quality and communication throughout the process.”
Jet Aviation Geneva offers full heavy maintenance services for the Global Express series, as well as Gulfstream and BBJ aircraft.