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Article from BTNews 8 FEBRUARY 2021

Flybe phoenix

Rising from the ashes of Flybe is a new enterprise.

Exeter Aerospace, established in September 2020 as part of the Dublin Aerospace Group, has received European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for Base and Line Maintenance on the ATR42/72, De Havilland DHC-8/Q400 and the Embraer ERJ170/190. This follows a similar approval from the UK CAA a few weeks ago for the same aircraft types.

Following the end of the Brexit transition period, maintenance companies are required to hold dual approvals if they would like to conduct maintenance activities on UK and EASA registered aircraft.

The new operation is a spin-off of Dublin Aerospace which operates a successful aircraft overhaul facility in Dublin specialising in Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and A330 families. Exeter Aerospace plans to complement this product range by focussing on the Embraer 170/190 Regional Jets, Bombardier Dash 8/Q400, and ATR 72 turboprop families at Exeter. The Group also has major activities in landing gear and auxiliary power unit (APU) overhaul.

“The Exeter Aerospace employment model is unique and includes flexible ‘annualised hours’ working to match the high degree of seasonality in aircraft overhaul. We shall also be applying our unique profit-sharing approach for our team which pays out 10% of profits to team members every quarter. This enables all the team to benefit from their hard work and flexibility,” said Conor McCarthy, chairman and CEO of Dublin Aerospace Group and a one-time Aer Lingus apprentice himself.  Exeter Aerospace, recently advertised for up to 100 aircraft mechanics, engineers and aviation professionals.



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