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Spektr-Avia In 2018, 68 aircraft were painted by Spektr-Avia (Spektr-Avia)

Ulyanovsk-based paint-shop specialist Spektr-Avia is hoping to receive an EASA Part 145 certificate to allow it to provide selective maintenance services on foreign-built narrow-body aircraft. The certificate will permit the company to perform paint-related maintenance operations, as well as acceptance/release of aircraft, weight and balance calculations and rudder balancing etc.

Vitaliy Zotov, Spektr-Avia’s senior deputy head revealed to Show Observer MRO Russia & CIS, Russian Aviation Insider’s sister publication that a special working group has already initiated preparations for the international standards certification and it hopes to gain approval by the end of the second quarter of this year. It is believed the EASA Part 145 certification will help to reduce costs at the Ulyanovsk-based company because currently it has to contract third-party service providers to perform the relevant maintenance work.

Spektr-Avia painted 68 aircraft in 2018, 11 less than in 2017 and, according to Zotov, the reason for this decline was an unexpected reduction in the numbers of Russian Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) and IL-76 aircraft deliveries. Despite this set back, the past year nevertheless achieved breakeven point for the enterprise, he said.

Last year, Spektr-Avia also launched the construction of a new hangar for painting narrow-body aircraft. With a building size of 114m x 48 m – designed for two aircraft – it is currently being erected next to the company’s existing hangar complex (96 x 96 x 34 m). The annual capacity of the new hangar will be 70-100 narrow-bodied aircraft (such as the MC-21, Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 etc.), thus making it possible for the company to paint between 140 and 180 aircraft a year using the two buildings.

Aircraft painting services in the new building will be handled by the Spektr-Avia subsidiary Spektr-Aero and the new hangar’s construction is due to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. The project cost is estimated at more than 750 million roubles (about US$11.5 million).

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