AAR Receives FAA, EASA Approval for 717-200 Interior Modifications
Effective program management facilitates on-time STCs
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – AAR (NYSE: AIR) has received design approvals from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Europe’s airworthiness authority, to perform custom interior modifications for Boeing 717-200 aircraft operated by a startup European airline.
AAR’s design modifies the 717-200 aircraft from a two-class configuration into a high-density one-class configuration. The modification also includes installation of certified slim line seats for the first time for this aircraft type.
AAR Engineering Services developed the design and managed the processes to obtain both the FAA and EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approvals, while working closely with the seat manufacturer in its certification efforts. Additionally, modification of the prototype aircraft was accomplished at AAR’s maintenance facility in Miami, Fla.
“Customers appreciate AAR’s ability to offer full turnkey solutions,” said Ron Eaton, Vice President, AAR Engineering Services. “AAR provides seamless integration services, from engineering design and program management to modification kits, certification and installation. We’re a one-stop shop for our customers’ aircraft modification needs.”
AAR Engineering Services provides a wide range of high-quality, cost-effective technical services, specializing in interior reconfigurations, structural and systems modifications, and avionics upgrades requiring FAA or other regulatory agency approvals.
AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering services and component repair. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
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