A dismantling story

It began when Aviaco’s team started searching for an aircraft to dismantle at their workshop. After consultation and much research, they ended-up finding the right helicopter.

Once the purchase process is completed and negotiations are concluded, the aircraft is shipped to Marignane. Depending on the location of the helicopter, it will either come on a cargo up to Fos-Sur-Mer’s harbor or it will travel along the roads until it arrives in front of Aviaco’s front door as the most ordinary parcel.

After the reception of the aircraft, Aviaco’s team follows the PART 145 process to install the new aircraft in their workshop, ready to be dismantled.

As soon as the dismantling begins, the mechanics must follow procedures linked to the PART 145 approval. Each part is dismantled with the utmost care and categorised as “serviceable” or “unserviceable”.

The airworthiness department will first calculate the remaining potential of the parts with the aircraft documentation. It will also check that the ASB (Alert Service Bulletin) and the Airworthiness Directives are properly applied as well as the maintenance.

Following the analysis of the airworthiness office, the maintenance is defined according to the maintenance program and the job cards are applied by the technical team. These allow the condition of the parts to be checked in order to issue an EASA Form 1.

The technical team will then decide if the part can be repaired within our workshop, or if it must be sent to a repair center approved by AVIACO. If the part cannot be repaired, it will be scrapped by our mechanics.

For the “serviceable” parts, the EASA Form 1 (allowing the part to comply with regulations and to be installed on a new helicopter) will then be edited and signed.

Our helicopter spare parts are now ready to enter the secondhand market and be sell around the world by our commercial team.