“Amalgamating the two businesses at our new facility close to London Heathrow capitalises on the core competencies we have at Muirhead Avionics and provides further impetus for growth.” David Bentley, Divisional Vice President & Business Unit Manager, AMETEK MRO Muirhead Avionics
London/Amsterdam, October 16th 2023: AMETEK MRO Muirhead Avionics, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has consolidated its operation and all customer support services with Avtech, one of AMETEK MRO’s businesses previously based in Miami, Fl. The integration of the two operations, which will continue to function as separate brands, will be located at the new high-tech Muirhead Avionics facility near London Heathrow. This has the space to house the increased repair capabilities and expertise offered by Avtech and David Bentley, Divisional Vice President & Business Unit Manager of Muirhead Avionics, sees multiple advantages for customers within the new structure.
“The re-location of Avtech’s operations to the UK not only makes logistical and commercial sense but enables us to merge the skills of both specialist avionics MRO teams and offer unbeatable technical customer support”, he says. “The majority of Avtech’s customers are based in Europe so we can deliver a more local service with faster TATs for both commercial and military applications.”
Muirhead Avionics already has multiple approvals from the world’s largest OEMs to repair their components and these are further enhanced with Avtech’s similar accreditations. The organisation has ambitions to expand its capabilities and Bentley adds, “We will be maximising AMETEK MRO’s investment in ATEC software and test equipment to target future repair releases from OEMs focused on new aircraft types. This technology not only broadens our scope but we see great enthusiasm amongst our highly trained technicians who are eager to establish new repair capabilities.”
According to Bentley, the Muirhead Avionics/Avtech programme will focus on developing navigational, radio and display repairs utilising the ATEC test platform. The Company will be looking at developing further capability for ADIRUs, flight deck displays, and radio altimeters installed on next generation aircraft. These services will complement existing capabilities such as EFIS/ECAM and flight control equipment for A319/A320/A321 aircraft, MCDUs and Spoiler & Elevator Computers (SEC).
As part of its focus on widebody aircraft platforms the MRO will also be keen to develop capabilities such as flight management computers, MCDU, flight control computers & management systems.
“Within our organisation there is a new energy” says Bentley. We’ve welcomed Riccardo Linares, VP of Avtech, and his technical team. They are integrating the equipment arriving from Miami and inter-acting with the UK technicians, sharing ideas, and promoting new skills. As a joint proposition, Muirhead Avionics and Avtech create a formidable avionics centre of competence and innovation.”