Oriens Aviation has signed an agreement with Pilatus Aircraft to extend its exclusive UK and Ireland authorised Pilatus centre at London Biggin Hill Airport, for the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet.
The company is sending engineers to Stans, Switzerland for training to add the twin-engine jet to its Part 145 MRO approvals. It expects to achieve this by the end of the third quarter.
Edwin Brenninkmeyer, chief executive officer for Oriens Aviation, said: “We are delighted to be widening our partnership with Pilatus with the new PC-24 and looking forward to creating a sales centre showcase at our Biggin Hill home.”
Mr Brenninkmeyer added that the aircraft is a real game-changer in the light-jet market. He said the large cargo door, 10 passenger seats and unique unpaved field performance, is capable of landing and taking off from both paved and unpaved runways of 893 metres.
Through close collaboration with fractional PC-12 operator Jetfly and Bournemouth Aviation Services, Oriens Aviation is now supporting over 20 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
Oriens maintenance now offers swift responsive AOG support at airports and small airfields around the UK and Ireland, with the introduction of a fully equipped vehicle as a mobile support centre and workshop. It is big enough to carry an electrical-air generation system, large components, jacks, and a Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6 aircraft engine.
Jonathan Shooter, managing director of Oysterair, said: “The emphasis is to combine traditional teaching methods with modern multi-media platforms in a course that covers EASA and FAA approvals and class ratings.”
Late last year Oriens agreed an alliance with Oysterair and secured UK CAA approval to commence pilot training courses at its Biggin base.
Oriens is also enhancing its customer service capabilities. Susan Duke joins as business support manager, while Charlotte Wroe, who has served as executive assistant since joining Oriens in 2017, is now customer relationship manager.
Feature image by Oriens Aviation – PC-24 Super Versatile Jet