Indaer MRO, based in Medellin, Colombia, had a very successful 2016 that ended in releasing TAME’s ATR 42 following a major structural inspection. Since starting ATR operations, the Ecuadorian airline has retained Indaer to do heavy maintenance on its three ATR-42s.
Sebastián Jiménez, sales manager of engineering, says 2017 looks promising, with a clear trend to increasing maintenance for customers operating under three different authorities, the FAA for U.S. carriers, UAEAC for Colombian airlines and DGAC for Ecuadorian fleets.
Indaer serves airlines with two business units: MRO and Technical Services. The MRO unit has two ATR hangar bays and capabilities approved by three regulators. It has served many airlines, especially ATR operators, where Indaer has concentrated its efforts and experience. Operators such as Easyfly, TAME, Satena, the Colombian national police and navy, as well as Internacional Ejecutiva de Aviación (IEA) have been among its customers. The steadiest recent customer has been the low-cost Easyfly, which secured three major checks last year from Indaer.
Indaer’s Technical Services unit has supported many other airlines and leasing companies, doing both aircraft and record inspections and managing deliveries and re-deliveries.
Although Indaer concentrates on ATR42s and 72s, it has done maintenance on Pilatus PC-12s, King Air B300s, Learjet 60s, Twin Otters, Cirrus and other aircraft. In addition to heavy check hangars, it has battery, composite and metallic-structure shops. “We offer other services like regulatory ramp tests on avionics and weight and balance services,” Jiménez notes.
The company has about 2,500 square meters of hangar, shop and other space. It currently employs 10 engineers in MRO and 18 in Technical Services, plus 30 or more mechanics and eight managers and administrators.
Jiménez says Indaer’s short-term plans are expanding its capabilities and staff to go after a bigger share of the turboprop maintenance market, especially in the Caribbean. “To do so, we shall attain the EASA certificate.” Longer-term, Indaer wants to maintain narrowbody jets such as A320s and 737s. “The market needs it. For such goal, we are in the search for a partner or investor with the financial resources to get there.”
The Indaer exec believes his firm has the experience to grow. The firm was created in 2002 by engineers and technicians from former Colombian airline ACES, inheriting a tradition of high-quality services. And it maintains a close relationship with ATR.