Aero Norway achieves CAAC Approval

Stavanger, Norway, December 15th 2016:Norway-based Engine MRO facility Aero Norway AShas been granted approval by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. This follows a detailed audit from the Chinese regulatory authority in September. The engine MRO centre is now multi- release FAA, EASA, TCCA and CAAC certified.

CAAC certification allows Aero Norway to carry out maintenance of engines for aircraft registered in China in accordance with CAAC Part-145. The certification covers the full spectrum of services offered by CFM authorised repair station Aero Norway across all three engine models – CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B.

“At Aero Norwaythe focus is always on delivering the best service we can,” commentsGlenford Marston, General Manager – Aero Norway.”We now have a team of more than 125 dedicated repair technicians and support staff, and securing CAAC approval in China demonstrates that our capabilities across core technical skills are recognised worldwide. We sought CAAC approval in response to an overwhelming demand from our customer base, for example leasing companies seeking to lease out engines in China, as well as prospective Chinese customers. It strengthens our existing service provision in the Asia region.” 

Aero Norway’s focus on a program of continuous improvement, making use of the most modern, up to date equipment and technology, ensures that all of its maintenance and repairs are carried out to the highest standard, making it well placed in such a commercially competitive environment. The Company’s modern facility is specifically designed for CFM56® engine maintenance and has capacity for up to 120 engines per year - this is now further bolstered by CAAC approval.

“Multi-release certification means that we provide a portfolio of winningengine MRO services,” says Marston. “We see huge future potential in China and in 2017 we will be consolidating our presence with a dedicated business development resource in the region. Looking forward we will further extend the global reach of our services in South East Asia and the Middle East and have applied for Indonesian and UAE GCCA approval.”

Aero Norway AS is an authorised CFM repair station based in Stavanger Airport, Sola, Norway. The modern facility was designed specifically to provide MRO services for CFM56® engine variants and is fully equipped with all the necessary equipment to provide high quality maintenance services with industry recognised EGT margins for CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines. Aero Norway AS purchased the Norway Engine Centre from Pratt & Whitney in 2013 and offers a full range of engine MRO services: engine repair & overhaul; maintenance & repairs; engine test cell runs; full restoration; back shop parts repair; engine investigation; special customer requests; and non-destructive testing & diagnostics.Visit

Company Contact:
Sonia Tindall, Manager –GlobalSales & Marketing, Aero Norway AS
Tel:  +47 5164 2000

Chief Operating Officer Neil Russell talks to James Pozzi from Aviation Week

Aero Norway, CFM56 engine MRO celebrates International Women’s Day. Siv Janne Aarrestad, HR & HSE Manager, discusses diversity and explains how Aero Norway encourages young women to flourish as they pursue a career in aircraft engine maintenance engineering.
Why do you think diversity in the workplace is so important?
Having diversity in the workplace is important to Aero Norway because we believe that a mix of people fosters better team dynamics, promotes creativity, encourages innovative thinking, and ensures a better a perspective when solving problems. Diversity at Aero Norway means we employ the best qualified person, irrespective of background, and we see that this leads to a better working environment for everyone.
Our society is constantly developing. Increased immigration, demographic changes and competitive pressures lead to a more complex global society. Successful businesses capitalise on the wealth of resources generated within a composite group.
What advice would you give to women who want to pursue a career in aviation maintenance or similar aircraft engineering roles?
I would give the same advice irrespective of gender – pursue the career that makes you happy. That saying, I definitely encourage young women to pursue a career within aviation maintenance or aviation engineering because the aviation industry is a dynamic and exciting world.
In our desire to contribute to a sustainable aviation industry Aero Norway is identifying new and smart ways of working. To be able to do this effectively, we need a diverse workforce, able to come up with new ideas. By that we mean diversity within gender, age, background, and culture.
Other advice I would give women is not to worry that an industry or workplace might seem to be male dominated. Be confident in yourself and your competence and what you can contribute.
At Aero Norway in particular, what actions are taken to promote the inclusion of women in the business?
Aero Norway has set a strategic goal to increase the number of women at all management levels in our company. Remuneration is based on experience and competence, and we actively encourage women to apply when we are recruiting.
What career options can be pursued after an apprenticeship in engine maintenance?
Our current CEO started as an engine mechanic which demonstrates that you can start as an engine maintenance apprentice at Aero Norway and work your way up to the top. Not everyone will become a CEO of course, but the are many other career opportunities after completing 2-year apprentice period.
We have a focus on internal mobility and various career opportunities in our company. It is important to us that our employees develop their potential and enjoy what they do.