Associated Air Center Receives Industry’s First FAA Approval for Boeing 787 Series Limited Airframe Rating

Authorization Allows Company to Perform Bolted Major Repairs for this Composite Aircraft

Scottsdale, Ariz. – August 23, 2016 – Associated Air Center (AAC) has received the industry’s first approval for a Boeing 787 Series aircraft Limited Airframe rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), authorizing the company to perform composite bolted major repairs and alterations on 787 Series composite aircraft.

This new rating was approved subsequent to AAC’s delivery of the industry’s first 787-8 Head of State VVIP interior completion on February 26, 2016. The rating is based upon extensive technical training, significant investment and overall experience.

“Owners and operators of Boeing 787 series airplanes that require maintenance and/or composite bolted major repair and alteration work scopes, such as letter checks/inspections and Ku/Ka Band antennae major alterations, now have a choice in MRO providers and no longer rely solely upon the airframe manufacturer for these modifications,” said James Colleary, President of AAC. “We are proud to serve as a one-stop shop for 787 operators.”

The new Limited Airframe rating allows AAC to perform repairs at its Dallas facility or any other location deemed necessary by the customer and authorized under AAC’s 14 CFR Part 145 Repair Station – Repair Station Manual and its work away from station procedures.

Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero’s Transport Category VIP completion center in Dallas, Texas, is the global leader in BBJ completions and the most experienced completion company in the industry. Authorized by both Boeing and Airbus, AAC offers full completion capabilities for both narrow body and wide body aircraft, including maintenance, refurbishment, modifications and upgrades. AAC’s vertically-integrated, state-of-the-art facility provides world-class interior design, engineering and completion capabilities, engine and airframe MRO and ODA certification authority. AAC provides the most advanced engineering in the industry along with operational excellence and superior customer service from start to finish, keeping airplane programs on schedule; providing industry-leading experience and warranty support after delivery. Founded in 1948 as Associate Radio, the company has served the VVIP market and global Heads of State for over six decades.

StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components, energy and VIP completions markets. The company celebrated its 100th year of industry leadership in 2011. In 2015, StandardAero was purchased by Veritas Capital, a leading private equity firm headquartered in New York City. Veritas invests in companies that provide critical products and services to government and commercial customers worldwide including those operating in aerospace & defense, healthcare, technology, national security, communications, energy and education. More information can be found on the company’s web site at