Dublin Aerospace Group, the aviation maintenance company based in Ireland, today announced that it has established Exeter Aerospace in the location of the former Flybe Maintenance Services at Exeter Airport.
Commenting on the launch, Conor McCarthy, Chairman & CEO of Dublin Aerospace Group said: “We are thrilled to have made Exeter the home of our first UK MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) Centre. The availability of the Hangars and Workshops there, combined with a phenomenal pool of local aviation and engineering talent, makes this a hugely attractive location for us.”
Dublin Aerospace operates a hugely successful Aircraft Overhaul facility in Dublin which specialises in Boeing 737, Airbus A320, and A330 families. Exeter Aerospace plans to complement this product range by specialising in the Embraer 170/190 Regional Jets, Bombardier Dash 8/Q400, and ATR 72 Turboprop families in Exeter. The Group also has major activities in Landing Gear and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) Overhaul.
“Already, we have acquired all of the tooling and equipment we require for these aircraft types and have taken possession of the modern and purpose-built Exeter Hangars and Workshops. We are now in the process of applying for UK CAA and EASA (EU Aviation Safety Authority) approvals for Exeter Aerospace and have already commenced hiring our initial group of aerospace engineers and technicians,” said McCarthy.
“The Exeter Aerospace Employment Model is unique and includes flexible ‘annualised hours’ working to match the high degree of seasonality in Aircraft Overhaul. We shall also be applying our unique Profit Sharing approach for our team which pays out 10% of profits to team members every quarter. This enables all the team to benefit from their hard work and flexibility.”
In time Exeter Aerospace plans six Aircraft Overhaul Bays in addition to a range of support shops and test facilities. Exeter Aerospace seeks to hire for 100 vacant positions immediately, with this number to grow in line with the business as airlines and aircraft return to the skies over the coming months and years. Over the next three-four years, the overall aim is to have over 250 aviation professionals working at Exeter Aerospace. In addition, the business plans to establish strong Aircraft Engineering Apprenticeship and Aircraft Mechanic Traineeship programmes in partnership with the UK Government and Exeter College, following in the footsteps of sister company, Dublin Aerospace, who recently announced that they will be hiring an additional 29 apprentices from next month.
“Dublin Aerospace Group has always been a huge supporter of Apprenticeships and Traineeships. While 2020 has been unprecedented in many ways, we believe that it is vital to keep our focus on the longer term. Our intention is to continue the great work that has been done locally to develop young talent for aerospace and thereby continue the proud aviation tradition here in the South of England,” concluded McCarthy, a former Aer Lingus apprentice himself.
Exeter Aerospace has entered into an agreement with Regional & City Airports (RCA) Limited, owners of Exeter Airport, regarding the long-term lease of the Hangars and workshops at Exeter Airport. “We are delighted to welcome Exeter Aerospace. This recognises and reactivates some of our specialised local skills and facilities and we look forward to working with them and supporting their exciting plans for growth,” said RCA CEO, Andrew Bell.
Exeter Aerospace urges interested candidates to apply via their website www.ExeterAerospace.com.