TAT Engineering is looking to scale up its business following its success passing EASA’s annual audit. The MRO provider for aircraft heat exchanger systems—a joint venture between Russia’s S7 Technics Holding and Israel’s TAT Technologies—is now looking to dominate the segment in the region.
“Our aim is to become the leading center for the MRO of heat exchangers in Russia as well as for the entire former USSR region,” says Denis Yelnikov, TAT Engineering’s general director. “We’ve gone most of the way,” he says, referencing the certification procedures currently underway through the FAA and Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya). “We hope that once we have the FAA certificates, we’ll reach our aim.”
The company’s Part 145 certificate has been extended until the end of spring 2019 following EASA’s inspection of its production facilities near Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo Airport in Siberia. The facilities, which receive technical support from US-based Limco Airepair, have operational capabilities for the repair of heat exchangers on Airbus A320; Boeing 737, 757 and 767; and Bombardier CRJ100/200 aircraft.
Yelnikov says the EASA approval is a testament to the facility’s staff and production management. “Such audits have an overall positive effect on the company in that we get a good chance to once again review the condition of our production lines, uncover any rough edges and remove any shortcomings and rectify them,” he explains.
The company currently holds approvals to service 13 different models of heat exchangers. According to TAT Engineering, its capability list will expand substantially by the end of the year. Key customers in the region include Russian airlines such as IrAero, UVT-Aero and S7 Airlines. The company has also recently signed contracts with Alrosa Airlines, RusLine Airlines and UTair-Engineering—an MRO services provider for helicopters.