Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is the first Pilatus Authorized Service Center in the United States to complete a Life Extension Program (LEP) on a Pilatus PC-12.
The LEP is a very detailed inspection which extends the life of an aircraft by several thousand hours. It requires the vast disassembly of the airframe enabling it to be evaluated and rebuilt to a similar condition as when it left the assembly line brand new. The inspection is scheduled for a minimum of three months of maintenance time along with extensive assessment and engineering hours to research the aircrafts repair history.
“This is an all-encompassing Service Bulletin that requires a major tear-down inspection,” said Western’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “Windows, landing gear, floors, interior, engines and more are removed so our engineers can look for wear and tear, corrosion or any other issues that may prove to be a problem. The entire aircraft and its systems are inspected in-depth and extensive Non Destructive Testing (NDT) is also part of the inspection process.”
During the LEP, many modifications and upgrades are also accomplished to bring the aircraft up-to-date with the product improvements that have become available since the PC-12 was first introduced. Any component or structure that does not meet specs is replaced or repaired with full Pilatus factory support.
Western Aircraft joins Levaero Aviation in Canada as the only Pilatus authorized Service Centers in the world to have completed this task.