A First In China

Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center, the first dedicated business aviation maintenance facility to receive Chinese approval, is now the first such facility to obtain FAA Part 145 certification.

But it may be the last for some time since FAA is banned from issuing any new foreign Part 145 foreign repair station certifications until the Transportation Security Administration releases repair station security rules.

That ban has been in place since August 2008, but Shanghai Hawker Pacific began its application process in 2007 – before the cutoff deadline. 

The approval becomes particularly important as more operators are basing U.S.-registered aircraft in the Asia Pacific region, which is still developing its support infrastructure.

"This certification marks the culmination of a sustained and persistent effort by the company to provide strong foundation for business aviation in China," says Carey Matthews, general manager of the Shanghai center. "There are a number of N-registered aircraft that are based in Asia that are regular clients of our facility."

The center completed the on-site FAA audit last month and received formal approval last week.

Please or Register to post comments.

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Sep 18, 2015

The U.S.-Russian Moon Landing That Never Happened (1963) 7

U.S. President John F. Kennedy is well known for the 1961 speech to Congress in which he made the Apollo program a national goal. Less remembered is his controversial offer two years later to cooperate with the Soviet Union on a manned lunar landing....More
Sep 10, 2015

Airbus A380 Is Your Hotel In The Sky (2001) 5

In a September 2001 advertisement, Airbus promised to bring glamour back to passenger travel with its new A380, comparing the double-decker airliner to a hotel....More
Sep 9, 2015

Pratt & Whitney's Record Behind the DC-6 Record (1947) 2

Pratt & Whitney takes to the cover of AVIATION to credit its Double Wasp engines for the DC-6's record transatlantic flight....More
Aug 27, 2015

Aviation Week Lifts Veil On Boeing B-52 Bomber (1952) 22

In 1952, Aviation Week provided the first details on the new Boeing B-52 bomber....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×