FAA Grants Extended Part 145 Approval to Fokker Aircraft Services

On 22rd June, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) informed Fokker Aircraft Services that its ‘Part 145’ approval is now extended to cover A320 family and 737 NG series.

As such Fokker Aircraft Services (FAS) can now undertake airframe maintenance and overhaul for all A320 family and 737 NG series "N" registered aircraft.

“This will be of particular good news for our leasing company customers, as our entire ‘one-stop’ capability can be fully utilized for aircraft operating under an ‘N’ registration or transiting to or from an FAA licensed operator” says Stephen Hands, Vice-President, Marketing and Sales.

Thanks to Fokker Aircraft Services’ extensive backshops, its support and services cover the overhaul and repair of landing gear, aircraft interior – to include the re-skinning of interior panels, emergency equipment, composites, tubes and welded assemblies, plus proprietary parts with expanded capabilities to include best-in-class sheetmetal work, speed shop (machining, milling, etc.), non-destructive inspection, surface treatment, painting of the livery in cooperation with MAAS, and other customised solutions.

Stephen Hands goes on to say, “our ‘one-stop’ philosophy means that we can perform nearly all maintenance and repair tasks right here at our facilities. This is why we consistently meet our guaranteed turnaround times. The high importance we place on meeting our commitments proves the quality and dedication of our maintenance engineers.”

Fokker Aircraft Service is an EASA, GCAA and FAA Part 145 approved maintenance facility. Located in in the Netherlands, it boasts five hangars spanning 16,000m2. At any one time, the facility is able to accommodate up to four positions for Boeing 737 current generation aircraft.

FAS’ capabilities are increasingly being used for Boeing 737 series aircraft and the Airbus A320 family, along with other regional aircraft types such as Bombardier.

Fokker Aircraft Services (FAS) specializes in the maintenance, modification and conversion of commercial, private and military aircraft on behalf of operators the world over. With a staff of 400+ based at its Woensdrecht headquarters in The Netherlands, FAS serves the operators and owners of Fokker, Boeing and Airbus aircraft. It also maintains the aircraft of national and international armed forces.

FAS is a member of Fokker Technologies, consolidating five specialized Fokker Business Units: Fokker Aerostructures, Fokker Aircraft Services, Fokker Elmo, Fokker Landing Gear and Fokker Services. Fokker Technologies develops and produces advanced structures and electrical systems for the aviation and aerospace industry, and supplies integrated services and products to aircraft owners and operators. The group achieved a turnover of € 616 million in 2010 with 3,700 employees.