StandardAero Becomes First North American Independent Service Center Approved to Perform Wing Tank Modifications on Dassault Falcon Jets

Tempe, Ariz. – Dec. 16, 2009 – StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company, becomes the first authorized independent service center in North America trained to perform wing tank (dry bay) modifications on the Dassault Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 aircraft.

The modification requirement, outlined in recent Service Bulletin Advisories issued by Dassault, is mandatory for all Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 operators and it’s anticipated that both EASA and the FAA will release Airworthiness Directives (AD) in the first quarter of 2010. The modification incorporates a sealed boundary area between ribs four and five in front of the rear spar, therefore reducing the risk of a fuel spill in the unlikely event of a main landing gear failure due to overloading.

“Being the first independent MRO provider authorized to incorporate this modification, speaks volumes about the confidence Dassault has in StandardAero,” said Scott Taylor, Senior Vice President of Business Aviation. ”Their decision to certify our team up front underscores the high quality of our work and skill of our maintenance team.”

The modification is estimated to take approximately three weeks to complete and is recommended for completion during a C check or in combination with a winglets installation.

StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company with $1.4 billion in annual revenue, specializes in engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, and nose-to-tail services that include airframe, interior refurbishments and paint for business and general aviation, air transport, and military aircraft. The company, part of the DAE Engineering division, forms a global services network of 12 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, with an additional 14 regionally located service and support locations.

About DAE:
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is building a globally recognized aerospace corporation with operations from aircraft leasing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and Aviation IT solutions. It is creating an innovative business that builds on Dubai’s dynamism and continuous growth in Aviation.

Headquartered in Dubai, the group is growing through a series of phased developments and acquisitions to become a global player and to produce an integrated aerospace cluster, based at Dubai World Central – the new 140 square kilometre airport and logistics city being constructed in Jebel Ali, Dubai. It is forming international partnerships at the highest level of industry with the aim of establishing one of the most innovative and successful businesses in the global aerospace industry within the next decade.