Western Aircraft is launching a program to provide heavy maintenance on the Pilatus PC-24 twinjet, the FBO and MRO provider announced at NBAA-BACE. The company has a long history of maintenance with the PC-12 turboprop single, with more than 145,000 work hours logged in the last five years.
Some 20 percent of big aircraft modifications (BAMs) on PC-24s have gone to Western, along with five 12-month inspections. As a full-service avionics mod center, Western is also currently installing the first-ever Gogo Avance L5 in-flight connectivity system in a PC-24.
“The amount of maintenance we perform on PC-24 aircraft directly correlates with our passion for the work,” said Kerry Heiss, Western’s director of MRO sales and marketing. "Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our PC-24 customers.”
Western currently has four factory-trained PC-24 technicians who regularly support AOG issues as well as handling work on the shop floor and two more technicians are scheduled to begin training in the next 12 months, Heiss said. The charter fleet manager is now undergoing PC-24 training.
Also, Western Aircraft’s parts distribution center stocks thousands of parts, now including flight controls. The PC-12 has cable-driven flight controls and does not use spoilers for roll control. Western repairs flight controls either as needed or during regular maintenance events. Other parts in stock include FAA-approved line items, rotable components, and modification kits.