Published on January 30th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Exeter Aerospace Receives EASA Approval

Exeter Aerospace, established in September 2020 as part of the Dublin Aerospace Group, has received EASA approval for Base and Line Maintenance on the ATR42/72, DeHavilland DHC-8 and the Embraer ERJ170/190. This follows a similar approval from the UK CAA a few weeks ago for the same aircraft types. Following the end of the Brexit transition period, maintenance companies are required to hold dual approvals if they would like to conduct maintenance activities on UK and EASA registered aircraft.

Exeter Aerospace was established in the location of the former Flybe Maintenance Services at Exeter Airport. In October, they had planned to immediately hire 100 aircraft mechanics, engineers and aviation professionals at the new facility. In time Exeter Aerospace plans six Aircraft Overhaul Bays in addition to a range of support shops and test facilities. 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 runs these programmes each year.

Dublin Aerospace operates a hugely successful Aircraft Overhaul facility which specialises in Boeing 737, Airbus A320, and A330 families. The Group also has major activities in Landing Gear and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) Overhaul.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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