• RBI Hawker operates a rotor blade repair facility in Brisbane. (Jet Aviation)
    RBI Hawker operates a rotor blade repair facility in Brisbane. (Jet Aviation)

Brisbane rotor-blade repair organisation RBI Hawker announced today that it has been awarded a CASR Part 145 approval, clearing the way for maintenance operations to begin.

RBI Hawker–a joint venture between Jet Aviation-owned Hawker Pacific and Bell–provides maintenance support to commercial and military helicopter operators around the world and is authorised for Bell and Leonardo aircraft, and is working to expand the aircraft portfolio and extend services and capabilities to Australian and Pacific operators.

“With this expansion, our goal is to ensure access to rotary repair services for customers in the Asia-Pacific region, said Ian D’Arcy, Jet Aviation’s vice president North East Asia. “We have continued to expand our service offering throughout our 15 years of operation and this CASA approval demonstrates our ongoing commitment to service support and excellence.”

Brendan McDonald, RBI Hawker’s operations manager in Australia, said the new facility would provide local operators with a local solution.

“Customers are increasingly looking for more local, accessible services in the Asia-Pacific region," he said. "Our new facility will help us remain the customer’s partner of choice, and we look forward to welcoming helicopter owners and operators to our new Australian location.”

The RBI Hawker facility is a new 1000 sqm hangar in Eagle Farm, Brisbane. The facility offers repair and static balance for rotor blades on all Bell helicopter models and Leonardo AW139 and AW109.

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