Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. opens new mid-cabin MRO facility

Mike Stones
By Mike Stones October 21, 2019 19:09

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. opens new mid-cabin MRO facility

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has opened a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) department dedicated to mid-cabin aircraft at its facility at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois.
Designating Gulfstream St. Louis as “a mid-cabin maintenance centre of excellence”, the facility will comprise: a hangar, operations centre and team of technicians focusing exclusively on mid-cabin aircraft.

“The designation is our way of reinforcing our ongoing commitment to mid-cabin customers,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Customer Support, revealing news of the MRO department at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition, in Las Vegas.

‘Truly a one-stop shop’

“The centrally-located site has the personnel, skills, experience, knowledge, tooling, manuals and capacity to produce the quality and efficient work expected by our customers. It will truly be a one-stop MRO for our mid-cabin customers’ maintenance and refurbishment needs.” About 70% of Gulfstream’s mid-cabin fleet is based in the US.

The new mid-cabin facility at Gulfstream St. Louis totals 6,536 sq m, which includes: 2,787 sq m of hangar space and nearly 1,858 sq m of back-shop space. The support area includes an operations centre staffed by a team of representatives from Planning, Materials and Service Center Operations responsible for optimising a customer’s maintenance visit.

Focusing solely on maintenance

The hangar will be home to a service-team manager and a technical team focused solely on maintenance.
This will include: airframe inspections and repair, avionics installations and upgrades and interior refurbishments for the company’s range of in-production and legacy mid=cabin aircraft. Models include: Gulfstream G280, Gulfstream G200, Gulfstream G150 and Gulfstream G100.

The site’s refurbishment capabilities incorporate full cabinet fabrication and finish, upholstery, composites and paint.

Gulfstream Dallas will remain the company’s facility for mid-cabin completions and provides maintenance for all Gulfstream aircraft.

The new St. Louis mid-cabin MRO is part of a programme of investments in the US and the UK. Customer support facilities have been extended with new maintenance facilities in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Savannah, Georgia. Next year, Gulfstream plans to open new service centres in Van Nuys, California; Palm Beach, Florida; and Farnborough, UK.

Gulfstream previously produced two mid-cabin sized business jets – the G150 and G280. Both were inherited when the company acquired Galaxy Aerospace. Production of the G150 was discontinued several years ago.

Gulfstream added the St. Louis facility, a former completions and maintenance base for sister company Jet Aviation, to its service centre network in September 2017. The site is a certified US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency Part 145 repair station. The MRO’s 420 employees can work on large-cabin and mid-cabin aircraft registered in the US and European Union countries. Last year Gulfstream St. Louis had more than 340 aircraft visits.

Mike Stones
By Mike Stones October 21, 2019 19:09

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