Constant Aviation invests in enhanced aircraft painting facility at Orlando Sanford Airport
Cleveland, Ohio – 10 May 2021 – Constant Aviation, one of the country’s largest maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses (MROs) announced major improvements at its aircraft painting operation at Orlando Sanford International Airport which will expand its capabilities and require hiring additional technicians.
The paint shop is part of a full-service MRO facility and can accommodate large-cabin aircraft such as the Gulfstream 650, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Global. It is the latest in a series of upgrades at Orlando Sanford since Constant Aviation opened the facility four years ago, and is expected to bring 50 new jobs to Orlando.
“The continued expansion of our offering at Orlando Sanford International Airport, with increased efficiencies and faster turnaround, will reduce aircraft down time, all while maintaining the highest levels of quality work,” said Constant Aviation Chief Executive Officer David Davies. “And by locating this facility in one of the busiest states for private jet travel, it enables us to offer a full set of services to aircraft owners from all over.”
The company recently earned certification through the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Program, ranking Constant Aviation among the leaders nationally in business aviation maintenance safety and risk mitigation.
The first aircraft to be painted in the new facility, a Bombardier Global Express, is scheduled to happen on 15 May, according to Kevin Dillon, Constant Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer. “When we entered the Orlando market, we expanded the facilities to handle more aircraft, increased our ability to handle more airframe types and extended our leases. Now, we continue to invest in enhancements based on robust demand. These improvements to the aircraft painting operation will allow us to improve our paint efficiencies, increasing our available paint slots by 20%.”
Also at the Orlando Sanford facility is Constant’s dedicated interior centre where cabinetmakers and upholsterers specialise in complete cabin reconfigurations and refurbishments. These modifications improve the comfort and usability of each aircraft for its operators. Other capabilities at Orlando Sanford include scheduled inspections, avionics upgrades and general maintenance on aircraft from a variety of manufacturers.
Constant Aviation acquired the Orlando facility, the company has added nearly 35,000 square feet of hangar space and invested more than $10 million in other improvements. In 2020, Constant Aviation underscored its commitment to Orlando by extending the leases for its paint and interior modification facilities through 2028. The lease for its primary maintenance facility extends through 2030.
Constant Aviation also operates aircraft maintenance facilities at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and a nationwide network of mobile technicians deploying from 24 strategically-located base stations and providing dedicated maintenance, avionics and structure services.