Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Air Works India In JV Deal with Scandinavian Avionics

Aviation Week Daily
Aug 30, 2010

By Neelam Mathews

Air Works India Engineering Pvt. Ltd. signed an agreement with Denmark’s Scandinavian Avionics to create a joint venture avionics MRO company, SA Air Works India. The new entity will provide “turnkey” avionics solutions covering inflight entertainment systems and communications, safety applications, weather systems and other airborne electronics, the partners said.

SA Air Works India will be base in Gurgaon, New Delhi, and has EASA Part 145 certification, and Part 147 and 21 support from Scandinavian Avionics.

With a strong network of OEM relationships, Air Works is an Authorized Service Center for Rockwell Collins and Honeywell. “We can start to look at positioning ourselves for warranty repairs. ... We can add further value as line-replaceable units (LRU) [are] the core of any aircraft ... we can start looking at repairing them in India,” Ravi Menon, executive director of Air Works, told AVIATION WEEK.

SA Air Works initially will focus on business and commercial aircraft, but as the defense business looks up in India, the shop will be open to opportunities for participating in military work in future – possibly in the next five years, says Menon.

“There are numerous old Russian aircraft that need to be upgraded. While the JV is at present for the business and commercial aviation market, we see the military market another opportunity to exercise our expertise,” says Menon.

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