RAI Jets repair centre earns new FAA certification for fixed-wing aircraft

The RAI Jets Service Center is looking forward to servicing more Citation aircraft thanks to their recent limited airframe rating from the FAA. (PRNewsfoto/Big Ideas Writing)

RAI Jets Service Centre in Kalamazoo, MI, has announced that it has been approved to service Cessna Citation 560 (XLS), 650, and 750 aircraft via a limited airframe rating.

This is in addition to the limited instruments and radio ratings already approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

RAI Jets Service Center is a Part 145 Repair Station and a sister company of RAI Jets, an aircraft management and jet charter company located at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO). The certification was issued in March 2024.

David Riley, director of operations at RAI Jets and accountable manager for RAI Jets Service Centre said: “I’m pleased that the FAA has certified us to service a broader array of aircraft, including Citation 560s (XLS), 650s, and 750s,” .

“We look forward to our expanded service offerings and welcoming more mid-sized jets to our MX department for maintenance.”

The RAI Jets team opened the RAI Service Center in 2021 after a two-year application process. Until the recent announcement, the Repair Station handled 91.311 and 91.413 inspections to evaluate the transponder and altitude reporting systems, including secondary surveillance radar (SSR) beacon codes.

The inspections are required every 24 months and are crucial for maintaining the safety of operations in IFR (Instrument Flight Rules conditions.)

The Repair Station will be able to add additional models of fixed-wing aircraft to their lineup of those they already serve.

RAI Jets works closely with the RAI Jets Service Center to offer turnkey aircraft management, including all required maintenance.

RAI Jets is a Part 135 operator, so aircraft owners seeking management services from RAI Jets can qualify to be added to the operator’s Air Carrier Certificate and recover some of their operating costs by allowing RAI Jets to charter their aircraft when it’s not in use.

Riley said: “The addition of industry veteran Joe Phelan at the end of last year allowed us to expand our service to include XLS aircraft.

“Joe was previously the head of maintenance for one of the largest fleets of XLS in the world. At the beginning of 2024, we promoted Dave Lillie, who had been with us for five years, to Director of Maintenance.

“He has more than three decades of experience in the business and has helped us aggressively grow our maintenance capabilities.”