Ruag Aviation has been conducting C check inspections on two aircraft simultaneously in Geneva, Switzerland. The aircraft in question are a Falcon 2000 Classic, belonging to a VIP customer, and a government-operated Falcon 900B. The project is expected to accumulate a total of between 1,000 and 2,500 working hours, while effecting a downtime of six weeks. The Falcon 900B has already been delivered, on time and on schedule.
“To create the extra capacity required for this major project, Ruag Aviation in Geneva introduced double shifts from Monday to Thursday,” said the general manager of the Geneva site. “This kept the downtime to a minimum while simultaneously ensuring Ruag’s consistent high level of quality. During routine maintenance checks, Ruag Aviation also offers its customers the opportunity to order and approve additional services, such as cabin refurbishment, cockpit upgrades or painting. This one-stop shop service can save customers considerable time and money, while keeping their aircraft in top condition.”
The Falcon 900B was built in 1997 and is now on its third C check, meaning that an inspection of the landing gear was also due. The Falcon 2000 Classic, built in 2003, is on its second C check and therefore requires an overhaul of its landing gear. This work is being carried out in Geneva. Once the Falcon 2000 Classic has been reassembled, it will be ferried to Munich-Oberpfaffenhofen, where it will be completely repainted.
Ruag has maintained constant communication with both customers throughout the project, including holding daily conference calls and hosting fortnightly visits in Geneva. “Our regular and close dialogue with the customers proved crucial,” said Gerald Moget, sales manager for Ruag Aviation in Geneva. “For example, when our team discovered irregularities on one of the aircraft, we informed the customer immediately. They, in turn, approved the necessary work to rectify the damage and precious time was saved in the process.”
May 13, 2016