Tue, Dec 07, 2004
Company Setting Up Shop At Former United Maintenance Center In
A Wood Dale, IL company that bought
bankrupt United Airlines' maintenance facility in Indianapolis, IN,
has been certified as an FAA Repair Station. That's good news to
about 200 mechanics who work there -- and for hundreds more who
might work there if business picks up.
AAR, had to borrow an aircraft from Vincennes University,
however, so that it could undergo certification testing.
The certificate allows AAR to maintain and repair Airbus and
Boeing aircraft, including the 737 and 757. Spokesman Chris Mason
told the Hendricks County Flyer that more certifications are on the
way. "The facility is capable of accommodating retail aircraft as
well as some wide bodies. Right now, a necessary step was achieving
certification, now we're going to continue to build out our
To achieve initial 737 certification, Mason said the company had
to borrow an aircraft from Vincennes. It was a win-win deal, he
"We arranged for them to get a jet
engine for their students to use during training," he told the
Flyer. "And they reciprocated by letting us use their 737. So we're
collaboratively working toward furthering Indianapolis' reputation
as an aviation center of excellence."
It's a reputation that's been just a little tarnished lately.
Indianapolis-based ATA Airlines is going belly-up and United pulled
out of town. But things are definitely looking up, said Mason.
"We arranged for them to get a jet engine for their students to
use during training," he said. "And they reciprocated by letting us
use their 737. So we're collaboratively working toward furthering
Indianapolis' reputation as an aviation center of excellence."
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