"Large business jets like the Gulfstream are easily accommodated in our state-of-the-art paint shop," states André Ebach, General Manager Business Jets, RUAG Aviation. "Our advanced technologies and professional facilities provide the basis for our excellent reputation in aircraft painting."
The owner of the newly painted Gulfstream chose to refresh the exterior surface as the aircraft had already accrued several years of service. "Over the years, aircraft begin to show the effects of environmental influences such as weather patterns , varying temperatures, and abrasive atmospheric elements. The topcoat ages as well, eventually taking on a dull, matt appearance, while erosion and corrosion also work against it," explains Reinhard Imhoff, Sales Manager Exterior Services, RUAG Aviation.
In fact, industry painting specialists advise the occasional full stripping of an aircraft’s surface as it actually works to ensure durability and prolonged value. The process allows the maintenance team a complete view of the bare metal surface. "From time to time, it is important to conduct a visual inspection of the surface. Technical specialists look for findings which remain unseen under layers of paint and topcoat," confirms Reinhard Imhoff.
RUAG Aviation, a one-stop shop for full aircraft solutions, provides all services from one single source and also serves as an outsourcing partner to other providers; in this case, for aircraft painting. The practice of outsourcing requires a reliable partner whose organisation sustains the flexibility to support individualised customer needs and schedules. "RUAG is a highly responsive partner, delivering reliable solutions on time and to our complete satisfaction. This is why we continue to come back," a key customer confirms.
André Ebach affirms, "Our happy customers represent fleets of various aircraft. We are committed to expanding the portfolio of OEM platforms we are able to serve to meet the customers’ needs. The Gulfstream extension announced last week is a prime example of this engagement. This was also an important milestone in the expansion of our existing capabilities for Bombardier and Embraer."
RUAG Aviation provides one-stop shop solutions, performing all required services within one single downtime, adapted to suit individual schedules. These aircraft solutions include MRO, cabin interiors, aircraft painting, system upgrades, component services, FBO, AOG, and support and consulting.
RUAG Aviation is a leading supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide.
Servicing aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company’s core competencies include maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacturing and integration of subsystems.
RUAG is an authorised service centre for OEMs of renown, such as Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Bombardier, Cirrus, Cessna, Diamond, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Leonardo-Finmeccanica (AgustaWestland), Piaggio, Sikorsky, Pilatus, Piper, and Mooney, as well as a service centre for 328 Support Services, Hawker Beechcraft, Viking und MD Helicopters. RUAG Aviation is also a partner to the Swiss Armed Forces and other international air forces.
The company is also the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for challenging special missions and passenger and cargo operations.
RUAG Aviation is an approved Part 21/J EASA Design Organisation, Part 21/G EASA Production Organisation, and Part 145 EASA Maintenance Organisation.