Bombardier Biggin Hill has busy five months

Bombardier London

MRO / EUROPE | 27/10/2017

Since its official opening in May 2017, Bombardier’s latest company-owned service center at London’s Biggin Hill has had busy times.

According to a company statement, the facility has already supported over 40 aircraft at its MRO facility, including nose-to-tail projects on a Bombardier Global 6000 and a 96-month inspection on a Challenger 605.

The nose-to-tail project was a particular project, as it also included the industry’s first installation of KA-band high-speed internet with Rockwell Collins’ Airborne Data Router (ADR) retrofit – “a first-of-its-kind installation [that] demonstrates our engineering expertise in complex integrations, coupling Ka-band with an ADR retrofit,” comments Bombardier Business Aircraft Customer Experience VP & General Manager Jean-Christophe Gallagher. “This milestone is a testament to the skill and expertise of Bombardier’s London Biggin Hill team, and to our worldwide service centre network that supported the maintenance,” he adds.

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The company’s Ka-band system is available as a retrofit upgrade for all Global series aircraft and on the Challenger 604/605/650 aircraft.

The 96-month inspection on the Challenger 605 included the installations of Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics system.

Since March, the service center has been certified by the UK’s CAA to provide maintenance services on the Learjet 70/75, Challenger 300/350, Challenger 600 series, Global 5000 and Global 6000. In August, the facility received the go-ahead from the US FAA and earlier this month also from the UAE’s GCAA as a CAR 145-certified center.