Woensdrecht, 30 November 2010
Fokker Aircraft Services (FAS) is celebrating the 1111th F-16 multirole fighter jet to undergo maintenance at its facility. The aircraft belongs to the Royal Norwegian Air Force and arrived at Fokker Aircraft Services’ hangars this November where it will undergo a 300 FH Phase Inspection.
The first Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon arrived at Fokker nearly 30 years ago from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Its multifaceted modification work encompassed both modernization and structural improvements. Since then, Fokker’s servicing of F-16s has steadily progressed with work conducted on behalf of the Royal Danish Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe, Portuguese Air Force and Chilean Air Force, in addition to the air forces of Norway and the Netherlands.
“We have an extensive history of supporting and converting both commercial and military aircraft, and in particular the F-16. We received our first F-16 fighter jet in September of 1981, and by the end of 1985, Lockheed Martin had publicly recognized our company as the best F-16 modifier in the world,” explains Stephan Hands, Vice President Marketing and Sales, Fokker Aircraft Services. “The many engineers/aircraft enthusiasts within Fokker AircraftServices are incredibly proud of being able to service this powerful bird and of being a part of F-16 history.”
Fokker Aircraft Services has been involved in F-16 modification programs since 1981, delivering in-house program management from within its MRO facilities. Its extensive menu of modification programs include – but are not limited to – Falcon UP, Midlife Update and Falcon Star, as well as Wing Crack Repair and Damage Repair.
In addition to the 1111th F-16, FAS is expecting to soon begin work on numbers 1112 and 1113. The first, which also belongs to the Royal Norwegian Air Force, will likewise undergo a 300 FH Phase Inspection, while the other for the Royal Netherlands Air Force is scheduled for Paint and Anti Corrosion.
Alongside the services outlined above, FAS also provides Field Support Teams, standalone Phase Inspections and the integration of Phase Inspections in modification programs to condense aircraft downtime.
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, Netherlands headquarters, FAS serves the operators and owners of Fokker, Boeing and Airbus aircraft. It also maintains the aircraft of national and international armed forces.
Fokker Technologies is the parent company of Fokker Aircraft Services. The Fokker Technologies Group develops and produces advanced components and systems for the aerospace and defense industry, and supplies integrated maintenance services and products to aircraft owners and operators worldwide. In 2009 the Group achieved a turnover of € 602 million and employed 3,500 people.