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RUAG completes maintenance checks on Italian Do 228 fleet

4th September 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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RUAG MRO International has completed its annual inspection of three special mission-configured Dornier 228 aircraft for the Italian army at the company’s facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. 

A heavy maintenance check was carried out, and the army additionally opted to upgrade the avionics for each aircraft to comply with EASA’s ADSB Out/EHS mandates for 2020.

Mini tablet holders were also introduced to the cockpit for pilot and co-pilot control, and the annual inspection additionally coincided with a retrofit of the VHF radios to 8.33 kHz spacing. 

The inspections were completed on schedule, and the three heavy maintenance inspections were planned consecutively to ensure continuous aircraft availability for missions carried out of Italy’s Do 228’s operating base in Viterbo. 

Prioritising its compliance with upcoming EASA ADS-B Out/EHS mandates for 2020, the army planned the avionics modification to coincide with each Do 228’s annual inspection. 

‘Preventing potential operating limitations resulting from the upcoming regulations is a crucial issue for the Italian army,’ Michael Franz, director customer support for the Dornier 228 at RUAG MRO International, said. 

‘With this in mind, they entrusted our engineering specialists with the complete ADSB system integration for all three of their Dornier 228 aircraft.’

The Italian army operates its three Do 228s for paratrooper training, passenger and material transport, and pilot training. 

RUAG meets their MRO requirements under the framework of a maintenance contract signed in 2003, which ensures continuous aircraft availability according to mission and operational schedules.

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