Dassault inaugurates new maintenance facility in Catarina, Brazil

Dassault Falcon Jet new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility

Dassault Falcon Jet has opened a new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Sao Paulo, Brazil’s new Catarina Executive International Airport.

The new complex, Dassault Falcon Jet Sao Paulo-Catarina, replaces the Sorocaba facility, which opened in 2009.

Dassault Falcon Jet is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation,

Sao Paulo-Catarina offers nearly 40,000 square feet (3,600 square meters) of floor and office space and can accommodate up to five Falcons simultaneously.

It is large enough to handle Dassault’s largest jets, including the ultra-long range extra widebody Falcon 10X, currently in development.

The facility is qualified to handle maintenance and overhaul operations up to ‘B’ level checks for Brazilian registered Falcons in the Falcon 7X/8X and Falcon 2000 family.

It is also equipped to perform Pre-Purchase Evaluations (PPE’s) for customers considering acquiring a pre-owned Falcon.

Catarina holds Repair Station certification from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), the FAA and EASA, as well as from airworthiness authorities in Argentina, Bermuda and Uruguay.

It is authorized to perform line maintenance and major inspections on Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 series models, the Falcon 7X and the Falcon 8X.

In addition to airframe inspections and service, the facility can carry out engine line maintenance on the CFE-738, Honeywell TFE731 and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A, PW307D and PW308C models.

It is also equipped to conduct specialized non-destructive testing (NDT) procedures, such as penetrant and eddy current tests.

A full service battery shop can repair, replace or recharge main and emergency batteries on Falcon and other aircraft models.

Like Sorocaba, Catalina will support an AOG ‘Go Team’ trained to provide rapid mobile response anywhere in South America, along with the parts and tools necessary to get a Falcon flying with minimal delay.

Jean Kayanakis, SVP for worldwide customer service said: “For our company, after-market support is a truly vital part of the ownership experience.

“This means keeping Dassault as close as possible to its customers and offering all the services needed to maximize the up-time and value of their Falcon fleet.”