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Aerostructures Middle-East Services Delivers First GE90 Fan Stator Module

Aerostructures Middle-East Services (AMES), a  joint venture set up by AFI KLM E&M and Safran Nacelles, has been selected as a local partner for Preventive Maintenance Inspections (PMI) & associated repairs on GE90-110/-115 Fan Stator Modules (FSMs).

The first of these FSMs was delivered mid-October 2019, while three others are already being processed.

The joint venture is the only local shop capable of carrying out the full range of FSM GE90-110/115 overhaul tasks at a single facility. Dubai-based AMES, which has ten years of expertise in the repair of metallic and composite materials, is the only MRO in the region equipped with an autoclave, enabling it to carry out bonded repairs for large-scale parts such as A320 radomes.

“This PMI opens up new possibilities for repair and maintenance in the region,” said Thierry Baud, co-General Manager of AMES. “We’re now ready to position ourselves for other FSMs but also for acoustic liner composites for all engine types.”

“We’re delighted to be able to extend our capabilities to a wider number of modules, and to offer our expertise to more fleet operators with a wider range of needs,” said Jean-François Verkindre, the co-General Manager of AMES.

The operations fall within the PMI framework defined by the OEM in 2016 for GE90-100/115 jet engines fan case having completed 50,000 flight hours. They include an inspection of the FSM’s metallic components, scans for potential corrosion, and a phased array ultrasonic inspection of its composite parts. The largest Boeing 777-300 fleet being in the Middle East, the AMES facilities in Dubai are adequately dimensioned to process FSMs of the Very Big Engine (VBE), which measures up to 4 metres in diameter by 2 metres in length.

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