Dassault Aviation has announced plans to open a new company-owned maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operation at Catarina International Executive Airport (SNJH) in São Paulo. The Brazilian service center is intended to replace Dassault’s Sorocaba facility.
The new location will include nearly 40,000 square feet of floor and office space. According to Dassault, the facility will be capable of accommodating up to five Falcon aircraft at a time as well as having enough room for its upcoming Falcon 10X business jet model. It will hold repair station certifications from the FAA, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), Argentina’s National Civil Aviation Administration, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bermuda, and Uruguay’s National Civil Aviation and Aviation Infrastructure Directorate.
“Dassault Falcon Jet Catarina will be able to perform line maintenance up to ‘B’ level checks for Brazilian-registered Falcons in the Falcon 7X and Falcon 2000 family as well as a prepurchase evaluation (PPE) program for customers considering purchasing a pre-owned Falcon,” the company said. “PPE operations include a thorough physical evaluation of the aircraft, systems operational checks, and a detailed record search.”
Dassault noted that the Catarina MRO will be authorized for line maintenance and most major inspections on Falcon 50, 900, 2000, 7X, and 8X models. In addition, the site will offer line maintenance on CFE-738, Honeywell TFE731, and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A, PW307D, and PW308C engines. Other capabilities include a full service battery shop and nondestructive testing (NDT) procedures, including penetrant and eddy current testing.
The facility is scheduled to open in early 2024.