Oriens Aviation, the UK Pilatus dealer, has acquired Avalon Aero’s business aviation MRO facility at London Biggin Hill Airport.
The business will be renamed as Oriens Aviation Limited with a view to becoming the principal authorised PC-12 Service Centre in the UK by 29 January, 2018. Oriens’ activity extends to an agreement with Goodwood Engineering, who will act as a satellite service centre.
Oriens will also have the expertise, as a result of the acquisition, to support other aircraft types for all line and base maintenance activity. These include:
• Cessna 421/550/551/560
• Hawker Beechcraft BAE 125 Series 1000
• Piaggio P180 Avanti
The deal between the owner of Avalon and the Oriens Aviation Board was ratified on 1 December, 2017, including the transfer of the existing Avalon Aero lease on its 18,000sqft hangar.
Newly appointed Director of Engineering Dave Plumpton brings almost 40 years of aviation customer support experience from the challenging airline and VIP aircraft environment. Steve Westran from Avalon Aero will work alongside him and continue to be responsible for the daily operations of the hangar and maintenance services.
“We are delighted to have ratified this purchase and further grow our relationship with Pilatus Aircraft, which first began in early 2015,” said Oriens Aviation CEO Edwin Brenninkmeyer.
“Expanding our offering means we can further assist new customers in helping them plan and budget for their maintenance support, provide technical record keeping on the PC-12 and offer hangarage too. The ability to offer line and base maintenance complements the support we currently provide our customers.”
Avalon’s founder and Chairman John Glancey had been seeking to exit the business aviation support arena after 17 years at Biggin Hill and concentrate activity at Cranfield Airport, where Avalon supports line and base maintenance for the BAe 146 family.
“We are very pleased that the Avalon business at Biggin Hill is being passed to Oriens Aviation. The PC -12 and in the future, the Pilatus PC-24, newly EASA and US FAA certificated, are an excellent fit for the existing facility and we are particularly pleased that the core of loyal Avalon engineers have been trained on the PC-12 and will be stay on under the Oriens banner.”