Services

Aircraft Annual Inspection
Aircraft Asset Management
Aircraft CAMO Support
Aircraft Delivery and Re-delivery Management
Aircraft Engineering Support
Aircraft Lease Appraisal
Aircraft Maintenance Contract Management
Aircraft Parts Support
Aircraft Sales and Leasing Support
Aircraft Technical Project Management
Engine Shop Visit Management
MRO Audit

Aircraft Annual Inspection

The commercial aviation sector is well known as a high end market for advanced technology and development, this brings many levels of engineering complexity resulting in maintenance costs as well as mandatory regulation to ensure safety.

Globally fragmented regulation of the aviation sector and the regulation of the financial sector which facilitates its growth in recent years have resulted in hugely increased oversight by aircraft owners and lessors when managing an asset of such value as a commercial aircraft to ensure compliance with the regulations and the aircraft lease.

CAS (Civil Aviation Services Limited) is engaged in the technical management of commercial aircraft and this involves the in-depth understanding of aircraft leases from a technical point of view and the airworthiness regulations as we continuously have to provide the oversight on the managed aircraft to our customers.

The aircraft owner or lessor ensures continued aircraft oversight of the asset by performing an annual inspection of the aircraft and records, this inspection is performed by CAS on the managed aircraft and requires the timely review of the aircraft and recent records without affecting the operator’s schedule.

On completion of the review the written report as well as photographs, operator maintenance status reports and compiled records are uploaded to the CARDS archive for lessor review and acceptance. The lessor can then opt for to share the findings with the operator using CARDS to facilitate the closing of these findings and in so doing close the loop on the process to clearly show the benefits of the Annual inspection oversight process.

The Annual inspection is normally done to the comprehensive CAS Annual inspection checklist but can be done to the lessor’s checklist and requirements if required.
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Aircraft Asset Management

The aircraft asset management solution manages any and all lease obligations for Lessor or owner, including but not limited to;

  • Monitoring and recording aircraft flight hours and flight cycles utilizations for calculating and monitoring maintenance reserves,
  • Managing eligible claims from maintenance reserves,
  • Oversight on airframe / engine / APU or landing gear maintenance visits,
  • Performing Annual inspections
  • Proving oversight in the event of an incident or accident
  • Chairing lease extension or aircraft redelivery meetings

The asset management solution optimises returns on transactions, and manages deposit accounts for lease rentals and maintenance reserves paid by Lessee.

Other asset management responsibilities include advising customers on end of lease as well as end of life solutions for aircraft and engines.
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Aircraft CAMO Support

CAS provides Continued Aircraft Maintenance organization (CAMO) support through partnered aircraft engineering companies.

Our engineers are experienced, trained and approved to provide the service which is required from time to time in house to support our core business.
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Aircraft Delivery and Re-delivery Management

CAS (Civil Aviation Services Limited) is engaged in the technical management of commercial aircraft and this is our core business.

The culmination of how good the aircrafts technical management is clearly visible in the aircraft delivery or re-delivery process.

The aircraft delivery or re-delivery involves the in-depth understanding of aircraft leases in particular from a technical point of view and the airworthiness regulations pertaining to the aircrafts jurisdiction.

As we continuously have to provide the oversight on the aircraft for the owners and lessors this knowledge base is continuously been updated by new issues presented from projects which have to be substantiated and verified case by case.

This knowledge base built up by CAS and by CAS engineers, most of which have over 20 years experience in the Aviation business in turn helps us prepare better for the aircraft transition and allows us to deal with the issues in a timely and cost effective manner to manage it through the re-delivery or delivery process for the customer.
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Aircraft Engineering Support

CAS provides EASA Part 21 and FAA DER/DAR engineering support through partnered aircraft engineering companies at competitive rates.

Our engineers are experienced, trained and approved to provide the service which is required from time to time in house to support our core business.
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Aircraft Lease Appraisal

The modern aircraft lease which is normally broken into a head lease and then specific lease agreement is a complex document with various clauses referring to;

  • Financial industry & Banking law
  • Aircraft Airworthiness requirements from one or more jurisdictions
  • International Transport law
  • Aircraft type specific engineering issues
  • Aircraft Engine type specific engineering issues
  • Application of risk and liability
  • Delivery & Re-delivery conditions
  • Application of maintenance reserves as well as the aircraft lease payments

More often than not we see the lack of understanding or due diligences by one party to an aircraft lease agreement. This leave a high cost exposure to the party re-delivering the aircraft or the party re-marketing the aircraft.

In most cases it results in the delay of the aircraft on rent and the stressed debate between the parties at the point of delivery or re-delivery which then reverts back to commercial compensation.

In most cases the aircraft lease agreement will reinforce the laws and airworthiness requirements applicable at the time and will try to future proof the lease for the term against the changing laws and regulations. The interpretation of these changes is where the acute issues occur and it is only with active continuous knowledge of the subject that one can foresee the issues that can arise on a delivery or re-delivery project.

CAS actively manages over 40 aircraft transitions per year and has the industry leading proven track record in project management as well as engineering ability and experienced team to deliver or re-deliver the aircraft on time. This experience allows us to be able to assist customers at the point of lease negotiations and avoid the pitfalls of high cost at re-delivery.
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Aircraft Maintenance Contract Management

Aircraft heavy maintenance checks are rarely performed by the aircraft operator due to the overhead cost of maintaining a heavy maintenance hangar and required staff.

As such this heavy maintenance outsource is a significant cost to the operator at the 18 month or 24 month intervals that the heavy maintenance checks occur and the management of these checks is often critical to the airlines ability to ensure a full flight schedule.

CAS provides the 20 + years of aircraft heavy maintenance engineering as well as commercial experience to the customer at the point of MRO contract negotiation.
This will ensure that contracts are competitive, in compliance with applicable airworthiness regulations and allow for the customers changing requirements. The resulting knowledge of the contract and agreement also befits the customer when it comes to reviewing the invoices for the MRO to ensure the terms of the agreement are being adhered to and recharge figures are correct.

CAS will also manage any warranty claims arising from these contracts using CAS’s engineering skills and experience to administer warranty claims ensures that customers will receive an optimal return on their warranty claim.

In conjunction with our Technical Project Management this will ensure that the aircraft heavy maintenance visit to correctly setup to allow for the most cost efficient check V’s the best option for ground time.
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Aircraft Parts Support

At CAS we support our core business of aircraft delivery and redelivery with aircraft spares and component supply. We have preferential rates as well as very good contacts in the industry both in Europe and USA to locate the most cost effective parts solution for the given lead time which helps keep the cost of the aircraft delivery / redelivery within budget and on time.

CAS also own and lease aircraft landing gears on B737 & A320 typically to allow the owners landing gear through the overhaul workshop visit cycle.
For AOG support please see our contacts page.
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Aircraft Sales and Leasing Support

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Aircraft Technical Project Management

CAS (Civil Aviation Services Limited) is engaged in the technical management of commercial aircraft and this is our core business.

A key factor in the technical management of the aircraft is how well the asset is managed through the maintenance, overhaul and modification events. As we have provided a full range of services in this area for many years we often see aircraft which have been inducted to maintenance by an airline and not managed properly resulting in high over spends on maintenance and in some facilities very poor defect findings and rectification.
The end product of poor aircraft technical project management is high cost and budget over runs at aircraft delivery or redelivery.

Due to the nature of aviation the costs of the maintenance overrun are always multiples of what it would have cost for proper management in the first place, thus it makes both commercial and technical sense to ensure the key people are in place with good solid contracts from the outset.
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Engine Shop Visit Management

Aside from the airframe itself the aircraft engine is the most expensive and singly most complex part of the engineering solution that is an aircraft. Its technical management therefore is of paramount importance to ensure it keeps its value and continued ability to perform as well as airworthiness (TC) approval which can be compromised by poor commercial decisions, use of alternative replacement parts of lesser value or even non-OEM approved repairs at shop visit.

CAS provides the engineering expertise to review the engine condition, its proposed workscope and work with the owner, the operator and the chosen engine shop to get the optimal result for the customer and follow through to manage the lease rentals and recover the engine maintenance reserves paid by Lessee.

CAS also provides engine transportation stands/cradles for rent to support this engine shop visit management service.
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MRO Audit

It is a requirement in modern lease agreements for the operator to seek the approval of the lessor when it comes to choosing the aircraft MRO and in many cases the lessor will require an audit of the MRO if the lessor does not have recent experience in the proposed MRO.

As every Maintenance repair organisation (MRO) is approved to either of two basic standards, EASA or FAA the audit process is relatively straight forward and follows these regulations.

The MRO audit is performed to the CAS MRO audit checklist by one of our experienced heavy maintenance engineers with Part 145 audit experience and this report details any issues observed as well as the MRO approval documents and facility photographs.
The report is then discussed with the customer and any issues highlighted which would be a cause for concern to ensure the aircraft as an asset is not compromised or its value affected during the impending check by the MRO’s ability or infrastructure.
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