RBI Hawker has received Part 145 maintenance organization approval from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for its new rotary blade repair facility. Based in Eagle Farm, Brisbane, the 1,000-sq-m (10,763-sq-ft) facility provides advanced repair and static balance of rotor blades for all Bell helicopter models, as well as the Leonardo AW139 and AW109.
Since 2005, RBI has offered maintenance services to commercial and military helicopter operators in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. It is an authorized Bell customer service facility and Leonardo service center with what it says is an extensive OEM-approved standard and expanded repair portfolio. The company is working to expand those services and capabilities to Australian and Pacific operators.
“Customers are increasingly looking for more local, accessible services in the Asia-Pacific region,” said RBI Hawker Australia operations manager Brendan McDonald. “Our new facility will help us remain the customer’s partner of choice, and we look forward to welcoming helicopter owners and operators to our new Australian location.”
RBI Hawker is a joint venture between Jet Aviation’s Hawker Pacific Airservices and Bell.