Oriens Aviation, the exclusive Pilatus Centre for the British Isles, has reinforced its commitment to the world's best-selling single engine turboprop (SET), the Pilatus PC-12, and the growing SET commercial operations' market in Europe by acquiring Avalon Aero's business aviation MRO facility at London Biggin Hill Airport.
The business will be formally renamed and inaugurated as Oriens Aviation Limited effective immediately, with a view to becoming the principal authorised PC-12 Service Centre in the UK by 29th January, 2018. (Oriens' activity extends to an agreement with Goodwood Engineering, who will act as a satellite service centre).
Oriens will also have the expertise, as a result of the acquisition, to support other aircraft types for all line and base maintenance activity. These include:
- Cessna 421/550/551/560
- Hawker Beechcraft BAE 125 Series 1000
- Piaggio P180 Avanti
The deal between the owner of Avalon and the Oriens Aviation board was ratified on 1st December, 2017, including the transfer of the existing Avalon Aero lease on its 18,000 sq ft hangar. Ahead of the deal Oriens appointed an additional member of its senior management team in October 2017 to work alongside the existing seven-strong team which Oriens is absorbing.
Newly appointed director of engineering Dave Plumpton brings significant aviation and strong customer support experience from the challenging airline and VIP aircraft environment of almost 40 years. Steve Westran from Avalon Aero will work alongside him and continue to be responsible for the daily operations of the hangar and maintenance services.
Avalon's founder and chairman John Glancey had been seeking to exit the business aviation support arena after 17 years at Biggin Hill and concentrate activity at Cranfield Airport, where Avalon supports line and base maintenance for the BAe 146 family.
“We are very pleased that the Avalon business at Biggin Hill is being passed to Oriens Aviation. The PC -12 and in the future, the Pilatus PC-24, newly EASA and US FAA certificated, are an excellent fit for the existing facility and we are particularly pleased that the core of loyal Avalon engineers have been trained on the PC-12 and will be stay on under the Oriens banner.”
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