For an airline operating leased aircraft previously in service with another operator, the aircraft often require some modifications prior to entering service. The nature of the modifications include maintaining a common aircraft configuration and corporate image and complying with local airworthiness regulations. For many airlines that do not maintain a large engineering department similar to the more established or legacy airlines, embodiment of these modifications often require close coordination with the nominated MRO organisation and the parts supplier during entry-into-service preparations. Delays in sourcing modifications and parts can often delay the aircraft entering revenue service.
GVH Aerospace was presented with the urgent request to provide dual language placards for the Airbus A320 entering service into an Eastern European carrier. The lease condition required the carrier to use EASA-approved parts, with all modifications required to be EASA approved. GVH Aerospace designed the minor modification rapidly and leveraged off its partners to provide the placards with EASA Form 1, ready for embodiment and minimising any potential delays to the aircraft entering revenue service.
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