2021 BRINGS EASA APPROVAL AND A NEW CUSTOMER FOR LASHAM’S MRO
The New Year has undoubtedly brought more challenges with it; the MRO industry and wider aviation sector continues to battle to retain and secure its customer bases, not to mention the complications associated with the UK’s departure from the European Union. However, perseverance, flexibility and remaining agile to the changing nature of the pandemic are traits embedded in 2Excel Engineering.
The New Year also brought some good news: The approval of 2EE’s EASA certificate.
2Excel Engineering has held an EASA MRO Approval since the business started on the 4th of January 2016. Prior to ‘Brexit’, this approval allowed 2Excel to maintain aircraft from all over Europe – or any country that accepted EASA airworthiness standards.
Compliance Manager, George Turcu, tells us more: “The impending challenge presented by ‘Brexit’ meant that we could have been in a situation where our only approval would restrict us to G-Registered aircraft and we may have lost the legal rights to work on other aircraft from other parts of the world, and Europe especially.
“This EASA approval has reversed this worry and we have two certificates – meaning we are now back to where we were before Brexit, our engineering capabilities remain the same. In terms of what we can provide to our existing and new customers, nothing has changed. The approval allows us to remain on the European and global market and provide the same quality services to everyone. News we are thankful for as, even though the UK market was fruitful, we were receiving aircraft from all over Europe and the Middle East – important markets for us.”
Last year’s EASA Audit was conducted by the UK CAA, which acted on behalf of EASA. George continues: “At some point soon, we will be audited by both authorities, UK CAA and EASA themselves and a large proportion of my job will be to ensure that our organisation is ready and prepared and both audits will go smoothly. Whilst we have demonstrated our potential to UK CAA, we need to maintain and even increase our high standards of compliance to satisfy both authorities in this new situation, which can only increase our reputation on the markets.”
The EASA Approval also means that there will be no customs difficulties. The services and commercial issues between Europe and UK remain similar following the agreement – in other words, business as usual. More so, earlier this month, 2Excel Engineering welcomed its first European based customer following the end of the Brexit transition.
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Our scope and geographical range of approvals means our customer base is varied.