Varman Aviation opens MRO facility

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Bangalore, Jan 21 (UNI) Private sector Varman Aviation today became the first player in the country to take up maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) works for Canadian Pratt and Whitney PT6A series of Turbo prop engines.

Talking to newspersons here, company President and CEO M M Varman said the facility set up at Whitefield in the city offers world class technology, fully equipped with mechanical, chemical, cleaning and grit blasting, non-destructive testing, dynamic balancing machine and various test rigs.

Approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGQA), the facility would be upgraded for Turbo shaft engines of Bell helicopters and Rolls Royce aircraft engines. By 2009 the facility would be upgraded to handle engines of ATR aircraft, which was widely used in the country.

Speaking at the function former Secretary of Space Commission K Kasturirangan said the booming civil aviation sector in the country demanded more MRO facilities and there was need to quickly set up units under public-private partnership models.

Mr Kasturirangan said it was important for India to bring the aviation culture on par with the developing countries and not merely crowd the skies as it was being witnessed now.

Joint Director General of Civil Aviation R P Sahi said with the boom in aviation passenger traffic and increase in aircraft population, enough ground facilities like MRO units would have to be created. There was no paucity of required manpower with necessary skill sets in the country, Mr Sahi added.

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