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Aviation News A propeller repair centre for ATR aircraft to be based in Indonesia

A propeller repair centre for ATR aircraft to be based in Indonesia

Romain Guillot
13 FEB 2020 | 282 words
A propeller repair centre for ATR aircraft to be based in Indonesia
© Lion Air Group
A new maintenance centre for ATR aircraft propellers will soon be built in Indonesia. The American company Aircraft Propeller Service (APS) has decided to develop in the Asia-Pacific region with the creation of a new maintenance centre which should be operational this year.

This site will also be implementing a contract that the company won last year with the Lion Air group for full support for the propellers of the ATR 72s operated by Malindo and Wings Air. This exclusive contract covers the servicing and maintenance of the propellers, with the blades, actuators and hubs.

The ATR fleet flown by the Lion Air group's regional airlines will soon reach 100 aircraft.

This MRO centre with its surface area of nearly 2000 m2 will be one of the few facilities in the region to work on the Ratier-Figeac (Collins Aerospace) six-blade 568F propeller (ATR -500 and -600). It will also have approval from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand.

As we go to press, APS hasn't as yet revealed the exact location for this new facility, but Husein Sastranegara airport at Bandung in Java could be the logical choice given the recent strategic decisions made by the PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Indonesian airport company. The Bandung platform is in the process of specialising as a full hub for the country's turboprop regional aviation.

The contract with Lion Air was initially started at APS headquarters at Lake Zurich in the United States. The new Indonesian maintenance centre should be fully operational in terms of propeller blade capability this year, and then will be able to provide complete propeller maintenance from the first quarter of 2021.
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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