Independent Shop Still Expanding

<p>Marilake Aerosystems, a UK Avionics and Instrument repair workshop, is increasing its capabilities to repair ATR components.<p>Managing Director Gerry Griffiths says the expansion is partly due to increases in demand from airlines and other maintenance shops for affordable and dependable ATR avionics and instrument repairs.<p>Furthermore, Griffiths says more surplus ATR inventory is on the market after a surge in tear-downs.<p>Marilake has been repairing ATR components such as temperature sensors, strobe lights, power supplies, altimeters, oil-temperature indicators and standby airspeed indicators. According to Business Development Manager James Wilson, it will now work on radios, radars and transponders. And Wilson says Marilake will continue to expand capabilities further in the future. Marilake has been repairing components since 1973, supporting everything from general aviation aircraft to widebody airliners. “Our core business is ATRs, A320 family, 737NGs and CLs, 757s, 767s, Bae146s and RJ,” Wilson explains.<p>The shop is small, with seven technicians and eight administrative and support staff, but will expand as its business increases.<p>Wilson stresses that Marilake is an independent repair shop, offering a huge range of multi-platform capabilities. “Our size and the fact that we are privately owned means there are no hierarchical processes to hold things up and increase costs. OEMs are making it more difficult for independents to operate in the market, but we will continue to offer an affordable, friendly and efficient service for as long as we can obtain approved technical data and spare parts.”</p>

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