• 30.06.2020
  • RUAG MRO International, Business Jets
  • Media release

RUAG International first Embraer ASC to implement Embraer-patented finish reinforcing system for aircraft exterior painting

RUAG MRO International is the first independent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility and aircraft painting team to be trained in Embraer’s recently patented technique, “Systems and methods to prevent cracking of exterior paint along structural joints of painted aerospace components”. RUAG’s aircraft painting specialists applied the anti-crack system on an Embraer Legacy 500 during a standard full exterior repainting at the MRO provider’s Munich-Oberpfaffenhofen site. ...

RUAG’s aircraft painting technical team received direct, on-site training in the proper application process of the new treatment system from patent owner, Embraer. The system has been applied on a number of aircraft since its patent approval in 2019 and RUAG is the first ASC worldwide to be entrusted with the system technology.

“Embraer’s new system is a game-changer for aircraft painting, and we are extremely pleased to have been able to implement it for the Embraer Legacy 500 project,” confirms Reinhard Imhoff, Sales Manager Exterior Services, RUAG MRO International. He explains further, “Preserving an aircraft’s surface condition with a durable exterior finish is essential for continued airworthiness and operational reliability. Areas in need of exacting attention include the seams where two adjacent structural components come together. The cumulative effects of expanding and contracting surfaces may result in cracking at these junctures. This new, anti-crack finish reinforcing system ensures a seamless/continuous and stable finish.”

System technology relies on a combination of joint sealants, fiber adhesives, and fiber composite materials. Thorough technical knowledge of the Embraer aircraft and the functionality of each of its structural components is essential to the successful positioning of the materials on the exterior surface. According to Reinhard Imhoff, the ensuing exterior painting process progresses according to RUAG’s industry-recognized quality standards, “Embraer’s system allows us to optimize cutting-edge techniques and ensure the superior craftsmanship our customers expect.”  

Customer Atlas Air Service AG, in Bremen, Germany, is pleased with the support they received from RUAG’s aircraft painting team. “Every aspect of the project was very well done,” confirms Serkan Akin, Manager CAMO. “Communication, quality, pricing, and timing all remained excellent,

despite the COVID-19 crisis. We really appreciate the extra efforts taken by the RUAG team and look forward to further collaboration on aircraft painting projects.” RUAG and Atlas Air Service AG have agreed to cooperate on further aircraft painting projects, going forward.

This project is the second milestone for RUAG on Embraer’s Legacy 500 aircraft type and closely follows on the team’s first full exterior finish on this type fulfilled and announced in Q1 2020.

RUAG MRO International specializes in offering one-stop shop business aircraft solutions where all required services are performed within one single downtime, suiting individual customer schedules. The comprehensive portfolio includes line, base and heavy maintenance (MRO) checks, cabin interior restyling and refurbishment, avionics and system upgrades, component services, aircraft painting, modifications, pre-purchase inspections (PPI), AOG, and support and consulting. RUAG MRO International is an Authorized Service Center for Embraer, a recognized Service Center for Bombardier, and is certified for the Gulfstream G550.

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RUAG MRO International is an independent supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide. It also develops and supports simulation and training systems and solutions for international trained security forces.

Highly specialized in the support of aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company includes maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacture and integration of subsystems and components in their service portfolio.

In addition, as the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for special missions as well as passenger and cargo operations, RUAG International focuses on customer support solutions, including OEM services.

Moreover, RUAG MRO International is a developer, OEM and system support provider for simulation and training systems technology for live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training. Complex and flexible functions, and a holistic approach, support realistic training scenarios, adapted to mission goals, at individual, team and unit instruction levels.