AAR’s 238,000 ft.2 facility in Rockford, Illinois, includes two insulated membrane-clad hangars built by Rubb Building Systems. AAR opened the facility in 2016.
A middle area connecting the hangars includes a tool room, records, training and a cafeteria. AAR’s Rockford facility hopes to be a paperless operation in 12 months.
Vending machines dispense consumables and expendables, such as drill bits, tapes and brushes.
Air Canada stored some of its aircraft at AAR during the pandemic. Here the MRO is completing a return to service check, as well as running the engines and swinging the landing gear.
AAR’s Miami landing gear tiger team flew to Rockford to perform landing gear maintenance.
This specialty landing gear team travels to internal AAR and external facilities.
AAR started performing heavy maintenance on United Airlines narrowbody aircraft earlier this year via a multi-year agreement.
AAR is performing a C check on this Boeing 737-900 and is inspecting surfaces for hail damage.
AAR maintenance staff measures the dents caused by a hail storm and the dents’ proximity on this flap.
Technicians use this Olympus eddy current instrument to check aircraft for delamination, as well as although potential defects.
A peek into AAR’s facility in Rockford, Illinois, which was one of the first MROs to become an FAA-approved SMS facility (in Nov. 2020).
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