Service Extended Three Additional Years
On 20 December, the Netherlands Coastguard signed a contract with RUAG Aviation extending the company’s sustainment services for the service’s two Dornier 228-212 special mission aircraft for a further three years.
The agreement comprises full maintenance services for the aircraft and will take effect in May 2018. RUAG has provided continuous specialist support for the aircraft since 2007. On hand for the signing were Captain RNL Navy Ronald Blok, Director of the Netherlands Coastguard, and Volker Wallrodt, Senior Vice President Business Jets, Dornier 228 & Components, RUAG Aviation.
“Reliability is essential to our sustainment requirements. Our mission schedules are rigorous, our flight plans demanding and availability must be guaranteed twenty-four hours a day,” explains Captain Ronald Blok. “We are confident that RUAG will continue to provide the prompt and highly skilled support we need and have come to expect.”
“We are pleased to have earned and retained the trust of the Netherlands Coastguard for the sustainment of their special mission aircraft,” states Mr. Wallrodt. “This new agreement confirms our organization’s reliability as a maintenance, technical and material support provider for the Dornier 228.”
Each of the two aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art communications technology, radar for the detection of environmental pollution and an infrared camera system enabling mission-readiness under all conditions. The maritime patrol aircraft are deployed to fulfil a wide spectrum of coast guard tasks, including search and rescue, disaster and incident control, environmental supervision and border surveillance. Throughout the year, one aircraft and its crew are on standby for deployment above the North Sea, or elsewhere in Europe, twenty-four hours a day.
“We are in a unique position to offer comprehensive and integrated support services to the Netherlands Coastguard, as well as to all Dornier 228 operators,” explains Mr. Wallrodt. RUAG Aviation is an EASA approved Part 21J Design Organisation and, at the same time, is also the Dornier 228 Type Certificate holder. “Our team of customer support, engineering and technical specialists apply their thorough Dornier 228 knowledge to provide mission-adaptable solutions, upgrades and full life cycle support services.”