South Africa-based Vector Aerospace Africa (Pty) Ltd., a StandardAero company, has secured European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) aircraft maintenance organization (AMO) certification for its engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.
Opened in 2010 and located at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg, the shop is a Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) with distributorship rights. Jason Gallant, General Manager of Vector Aerospace Africa, said: “We are pleased to add the convenience and assurance of EASA AMO certification for existing and prospective PT6A customers. This additional approval will simplify maintenance approvals for those customers operating under EASA certification, especially those outside of South Africa. As the sole independent Designated Overhaul Facility for the P&WC PT6A-140 engine worldwide, we have received significant interest from operators of the Cessna Grand Caravan EX and upgraded Caravans wanting us to support their powerplants, and the receipt of EASA AMO approval will facilitate our ability to support a broader customer base worldwide.”
The newly awarded AMO certification from EASA adds to existing approvals for the Lanseria facility, which already holds authorisations from the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Transport Canada (TCCA). The facility also holds local AMO approvals from the civil aviation authorities of Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.