Aircraft registered to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands can now be maintained at a service centre in Westfield, Massachusetts.
The Gulfstream Aerospace centre was awarded an approved maintenance organisation certificate by the authority, said Director of Commercial Affairs, Regulation and Administration Nikki McCoy.
“Cayman-registered aircraft (private or corporate) are based globally and with this approval, Gulfstream Aerospace in Westfield can provide these maintenance services as specified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands.
“A facility may apply for the grant as an Approved Maintenance Organisation from the regulating authority (in this case the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands) for the maintenance of aircraft registered in the jurisdiction. Thereby meaning, and subject to any conditions, that the facility can provide maintenance services as approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands on any aircraft listed on its approval,” she said.
The Westfield facility supports business jet owners and operators throughout the New York and Boston areas, both seen as significant hubs for private aircraft.
New York reportedly has the most business jet traffic in the world. Canadian, European and Caribbean operators also use the facility, which has access to a spare parts and materials inventory worth around US$838 million.
Last year, the 85,000-square-foot facility serviced 882 aircraft.
There are 175 aircraft currently on the register that can benefit, said Ms McCoy.
“The approval applies to all Gulfstream aircraft with the exception of the GI; all Hawker Beechcraft 125 Series aircraft and the Hawker 4000; Dassault Falcon 10, 50/50EX, 900/900EX and 2000; and Bombardier Challenger 600/601/604.”
The Civil Aviation Authority works with service providers across the world to ensure regulatory standards are observed as set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
“As the aircraft are based globally, these type certifications in varying locations helps to ensure that these standards are maintained,” said Ms McCoy.