The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued the Part-145 certificate, an authorization to carry out the maintenance of rotorcraft platforms and their accessories, to Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company (SRSC) which is a subsidiary joint venture of US-based Boeing.
The GACA’s Part-145 certificate permits SRSC to perform maintenance on Leonardo, formerly AgustaWestland, rotorcraft airframes, instrumentation, and communications equipment.
Mr. Michael Knight, chief executive officer for SRSC said, “The authorization of this new capability in Saudi is a major milestone for the SRSC and the local Saudi aviation industry. This certification by GACA is a significant achievement in Saudi and will open up several business opportunities in the field of rotorcraft maintenance, repairs, and overhaul; not only for Saudi Arabia aviation but possibly for the Arabian Gulf region as well.”
“The GACA Part-145 certificate is equivalent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorized repair station in the United States. The big win here for our Saudi customers is they will no longer have to ship their rotorcraft platforms outside the Kingdom for maintenance & CMRO (Component Maintenance Repair Overhaul) support, allowing them to save time and money, so they can meet the demands of their business,” Mr. Knight added
“Saudi Arabia is a key market for Boeing. We are achieving the steps needed to further position ourselves for growth, drive decision making closer to our Saudi and regional customers, strengthen partnerships and accelerate our efforts to support the country’s future vision through local talent and achieve economic growth.”
According to the company statement, the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company delivers improved rotorcraft readiness in the Kingdom while lowering platform lifecycle costs and maintenance burdens.
Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company
The Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company was founded in 2015 by Boeing, Alsalam Aerospace Industries (AAI), and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) to provide proven sustainment capabilities for the Kingdom’s commercial and defense rotorcraft platforms. The Riyadh-based SRSC joint venture provides comprehensive in-Kingdom maintenance, repair, and overhaul support for Saudi Arabia’s diverse rotorcraft fleet.