New BAe 146/Avro RJ maintenance program

OGMA Industria Aeronautica de Portugal, S.A., of Alverca, Portugal, and aircraft broker Hamilton Services have partnered in a joint venture to offer third-party maintenance support for the BAe 146 and Avro RJ. Government-owned OGMA has extensive experience maintaining Portuguese Air Force aircraft and overhauling Rolls Royce and other engines. In recent years, it has been expanding its civil activities, and now maintains Embraer 145s and Airbus A320s. Other activities include fabricating the fuselage of the Pilatus PC-XII airframe and part of that of the Dornier Do-328 fuselage. OGMA expects to receive an extension of is JAR 145 approval to work on the BAe 146 in mid-November. A dedicated team of engineers will be assigned to the program, the first of whom have already completed training courses with BAE Systems. The program will also have a dedicated hangar. OGMA will offer to undertake C checks, modifications, refurbishment, repairs, and painting. It will also offer line maintenance at operators’ bases.

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