Dassault Aviation’s company-owned service center in São Paulo, Brazil – Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Sorocaba — recently celebrated its ten year anniversary. Located at the Sorocaba Airport (SOD), the 23,000 square foot service center has grown significantly in manpower, capabilities and spare parts inventory since its opening.
“Brazil has always been a very strong market for Dassault so expanding our service here was a natural extension of our ‘whatever it takes’ philosophy for our customers who are based in Brazil or travel there often,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “We continue to invest in our company-owned service center here to provide the industry-leading support our operators deserve and expect.” Dassault expects to add additional technicians in 2019.
Investments over the last year include adding tooling to perform ‘B’ level checks for Brazilian registered Falcons in the Falcon 7X and Falcon 2000 family, and the addition of a Pre-Purchase Evaluation (PPE) program for those considering a pre-owned Falcon. The program includes a thorough physical evaluation of the aircraft, systems operational checks and a detailed record research.
DAS – Sorocaba holds Repair Station certification from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), the FAA, EASA as well as from airworthiness authorities in Argentina, Bermuda and Uruguay. It is authorized to perform line maintenance and most major inspections on the Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 series models, as well as the Falcon 7X and 8X.
In addition to airframe inspections and service, the facility can perform engine line maintenance on the CFE-738; Honeywell TFE731and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A, PW307D and PW308C models. It can also conduct specialized non-destructive testing (NDT) procedures, such as penetrant and eddy current tests. A full service battery shop can repair, replace or charge main and emergency batteries on Falcon or other aircraft models.
DAS-Sorocaba supports an AOG ‘Go Team’ to provide rapid mobile response directly to an aircraft location anywhere in South America with the parts and tools necessary to get a Falcon flying with minimal delay. The facility holds over nearly $5 million (U.S.) in high usage parts located in São Paulo at both Sorocaba. The facility can also hangar up to four Falcons.
Dassault’s Expanded Customer Service Footprint
The continued investment and growth surrounding Sorocaba’s ten-year anniversary comes on the heels of major acquisitions earlier this year that dramatically expanded the company’s global customer service footprint. In January, Dassault Aviation purchased the MRO activities of ExecuJet, strengthening the company’s presence in Asia-Pacific, Oceania, the Middle-East and Africa. In February, the company acquired the MRO activities of TAG Aviation, bolstering its European service center network. Dassault also continues to reinforce its customer support network in China and the surrounding region.
About Dassault Aircraft Services
Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) is a network of Dassault Falcon Jet-owned aircraft service and maintenance centers throughout North and South America. DAS is part of the Service Center Network established to support Falcon operators around the world. DAS service centers are located in Little Rock, Arkansas; Reno, Nevada; Sorocaba, Brazil; and Wilmington, Delaware. DAS also operates four satellite service stations in St. Louis, Missouri; Teterboro, New Jersey; Van Nuys, California; and Stuart, Florida.
About Dassault Aviation
Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 90 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcons. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,500 Falcon jets have been delivered. Dassault offers a range of six business jets from the twin-engine 3,350 nm large-cabin Falcon 2000S to its flagship, the tri-engine 6,450 nm ultra-long range Falcon 8X and the new ultra widebody cabin Falcon 6X.
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