TAT ENGINEERING, a joint venture, founded by Israeli engineering company TAT Technologies and Russia’s ENGINEERING Holding to offer aircraft heat exchanger repair services in Russia, has received its EASA Part 145 certificate.
TAT ENGINEERING is thus fully prepared to start serving its customers at its production facility based at Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo Airport. The joint venture’s qualified and experienced technicians hold approvals for heat exchanger maintenance for such popular aircraft types as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737СL/NG.
TAT ENGINEERING’s facility is equipped for the complete operational cycle, from testing to maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft heat exchangers.
A set of unique equipment was produced and delivered especially for TAT ENGINEERING, including a test bench for pressure loads, for testing with nitrogen, a radiator chemical cleaning line, a protective coating line, a vertical milling center, welding equipment, sandblasting machine, a painting chamber, NDT and other equipment.
TAT ENGINEERING’s operational capabilities enable the company to repair up to 1,200 aircraft heat exchangers for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, as well as Boeing 757/767, Bombardier CRJ100/200 and other aircraft types.
TAT ENGINEERING enjoys direct support from its sister company, Oklahoma, US-based Limco Airepair, an expert in maintenance and repairs of aircraft heat exchangers.
«Heat exchanger maintenance services have been offered in Russia before. For instance, ENGINEERING Holding’s subsidiary Sibir Technics had it in its portfolio. But it was just surface repairs – defect rectification, cleaning, washing and so on,” Alexander Filippov, ENGINEERING Holding’s business development director comments. “In those cases that required more serious repairs the units had to be shipped outside the country, because until now there have not been any specialized facilities for such services in Russia, nor in the entire CIS.”
The first heat exchangers repaired under EASA Part 145 by TAT ENGINEERING will be redelivered to operators in early summer.
To cater for the demand of its clients outside the CIS, TAT ENGINEERING is procuring US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval and expects to obtain it before the end of 2017.