MRO Feasibility Study (EASA 145)
It is important from the outset to plan and cost your current but also future requirements and in most cases ensure an MRO centre can become a long-term profitable company – in many cases it is ideal to incorporate an International Aviation Engineers Academy (EASA 147) – teaching new engineers to International standards from leaving school to degree level.
If you are planning a new MRO then the first step is an MRO Feasibility Study which will plan, design and cost the whole operation.
A comprehensive and detailed study with financial projections to enable you to establish and operate a new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Centre (MRO Centre) at an International Airport operated to local and European approvals EASA 145. Any MRO Centre must be approved by the aviation authority responsible for the registration of an aircraft, supported by the MRO Centre, additionally; the MRO Centre will have to demonstrate to the applicable authorities that they have the necessary manpower, tooling, material and documentation to support a particular aircraft type. The MRO Centre would hold multiple national approvals, for multiple aircraft types – usually in 2 phases as explained below.
- Phase 1 of the MRO Centre would support the development of the airport, through the provision of approved line maintenance facilities (EASA 145) for all aircraft operating in to the airport. Services would include ad-hoc defect rectification, the replacement of Line Replacement Units, attend the aircraft and where contracted complete “out-of-phase” maintenance. The establishment of this line maintenance facility, with applicable national approvals would de-risk the operation for International and European airlines.
- Phase 2 of the MRO Centre would support all flight related activities in the region with extended base maintenance facilities including aircraft paint facilities, specialised rotary wing maintenance hangars, component overhaul facilities for: aircraft cabin component, passenger seats, galley equipment, aircraft batteries, wheels, and brakes. The facility would supply maintenance, repair and overhaul of civilian aircraft; turbo-prop, narrow body, wide body and of course helicopters. This would also extend to spares supply, disposal, parting out of aging inefficient aircraft as they retire from active service, and field service support.
In order to ensure the MRO Centre is self-sustainable in the long-term, it is our intention to usually propose an embedded training facility within the operation; the training facility would be approved to EASA Part 147 and would take ab-initio students from leaving school at age 18 through to graduate level. The training would initially be underwritten by a UK University, with a phased transition to an appropriately qualified and experienced local university.