Constant Aviation opens new landing gear facility

Terry Spruce

Constant Aviation has announced
the opening of a new landing gear repair and overhaul facility at Birmingham, Alabama.
The facility will begin servicing Beechjet 400A/XP landing gear and expand to
include two other aircraft types, the Embraer Legacy 600 and the Hawker 800A/XP in
the coming months.

“To stay in line with
our long-term goal to become a premier full service MRO, our next step was to
launch a landing gear repair and overhaul facility within our service centre
network. We performed a business evaluation last year, which looked at our
capabilities and highlighted possible expansion opportunities. It is our 2012
strategy to continue the expansion on our accessory offerings for our niche
airframes,” said Robert Maiden, president of Constant Aviation.

Maiden continued “There was
an initial investment of approximately $500,000 in tooling, equipment and
inventory. The facility is fully functional and delivered their first set of
overhauled landing gear late in June. During the product development period,
the initial investment was an important step to being a facility capable of
offering a complete program of options including exchanges, repairs and loaners
in addition to our overhaul capability. With the recent expansion at our Cleveland facility,
including a 25,000 sq. foot interior modification and refurbishment facility as
well as a new Beechjet Thrust Reverser exchange, loaner and repair program, we
felt it was important to build off that momentum building our accessory support
at our other facilities.”

Constant Aviation has hired
Robert Martin to manage this new product line. Martin comes to Constant Aviation
from Lockheed Martin where he was the completions supervisor. Prior to that
Robert was with Hawker Beechcraft Services where he launched, built and managed
their landing gear shop.

“Having Robert join our
team, as the Landing Gear Facility Manager, gives the program the credibility
and experience necessary to offer world-class service and support. His
knowledge of building and managing a landing gear shop in the past will allow
this program to hit the ground running with minimal build up time,” Maiden
said.

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