Oriens ex­pand­ing Big­gin ser­vice cen­tre

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Oriens Avi­a­tion’s Lon­don Big­gin Hill-based Au­tho­rised Pi­la­tus Ser­vice Cen­tre, which opened in Fe­bru­ary, is now sup­port­ing twelve PC-12S, in­clud­ing ten on the UK regis­ter− dou­ble the num­ber at the start of the year. Oriens Main­te­nance, which com­ple­ments the com­pany’s sales ac­tiv­ity as ex­clu­sive PC-12 dis­trib­u­tor for the Bri­tish Isles, has also ex­tended sup­port to op­er­a­tors of Swedish, Fin­nish, Swiss and USreg­is­tered PC-12S.

Fol­low­ing the Swiss man­u­fac­turer’s re­vised main­te­nance in­spec­tion sched­ule for the air­craft, which re­duces the tim­ing of in­spec­tions from 100 to 300 hours, it has in­creased ca­pac­ity to han­dle other air­craft types too, and this year has car­ried out MRO checks on a Hawker 1000, Cessna 421 and Ci­ta­tion 500, and a Beechcraft 99. “We are keen to widen out our EASA ca­pa­bil­ity and sup­port types such as the Beechcraft King Air 90 and 200 se­ries, plus the Cessna 208 Car­a­van,” says Oriens’ Main­te­nance Man­ager Steve Wes­tran.

The com­pany has in­vested in new tool­ing for pro­pel­ler bal­anc­ing, bat­tery ca­pac­ity test­ing, pitot static cal­i­bra­tion and avion­ics test­ing, and, re­spond­ing to in­creased de­mand for re­mote sup­port and in readi­ness for the win­ter months, has equipped a Mercedes-benz van as a mo­bile work­shop. This is due to ar­rive later this month.

Oriens air­craft engi­neers at work on the tur­bine en­gine of a PC-12

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