Sardy Field beefs up maintenance capability
The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is improving its maintenance capability, perhaps reducing cancellation rates and benefiting Aspenites and visitors traveling on United and Delta. Atlantic Aviation, the flight services vendor at the airport, is subletting its maintenance operations to an outfit that will be able to repair jets here. “With the new CRJ-700 flying in and out of Aspen – it’s been flying here just about three months – the reliability for that aircraft has been very good,” said Bill Tomcich, director of Stay Aspen Snowmass and the resort’s liaison to the airline industry. “Now, the fact that there will be additional maintenance will further enhance the overall reliability of that aircraft. That’s good news.”Atlantic Aviation’s deal with North American Jet, the new maintenance company, received approval Wednesday from Pitkin County. “They’re going to try to take over the maintenance functions and expand some of the services that have been here,” said Jim Elwood, the Pitkin County Airport director. North American Jet is licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. It has the highest repair qualification, with certifications to repair planes as diverse as Cessnas, Citations, Embraer jets and the new CRJ-700s that are providing commercial jet service to Aspen. The changeover should be complete by August. The new company will bring enhanced capabilities for working on planes and will open the repair possibilities to most airplanes. The company intends to keep all the current mechanics and possibly hire new people.”It’s very good because it gives the maintenance shop more capabilities,” said Chad Farischon, director of base operations in Aspen for Atlantic Aviation. “It’s great for our transient customers and also our local tenants.”North American Jet has already offered to work with United if the new CRJ-700s need minor maintenance.”If they need help we expect them to call us from time to time,” said Ken Ross, president of North American Jet. “We’re looking forward to becoming a vibrant partner in the Aspen community.” Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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