When a Dassault Falcon 7X entered Duncan Aviation’s new maintenance facility in January, it was the first jet to cross the newly coated floors. Four jets filtered in behind it, starting the ever-revolving cycle of entries and deliveries. Since then, the Lincoln, Nebraska, facility’s teams delivered 99 more aircraft, hitting the 100th delivery milestone this fall.
The new 175,000-square-foot facility, comprised of two 40,000-square-foot maintenance hangars and a 95,000-square-foot office and shop space, provides more shop and work space for services that cover most business aircraft.
The first hangar space, Hangar G, houses mostly Dassault Falcon aircraft, while Hangar H welcomed Bombardier Global and Challenger aircraft starting in May. “We have been consistently averaging seven to nine airframes in each of the hangars, depending on the size make of each aircraft,” says Airframe Manager Chad Doehring. “To properly prepare for the increase in aircraft volume, we strategically located, hired and trained additional technicians throughout 2013 and this year, building up our aircraft make-specialized teams.”
As the industry continues to shift toward larger business aircraft, a trend fueled by technological advances and increased globalization, Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln facility was unable to accommodate the volume of maintenance, modifications and completions work our customers require. The company’s senior team decided to move forward with the expansion to meet customer requests and changing customer needs.
“We needed the additional hangar space to stay flexible enough for all of our customers. Before, we might not have been able to schedule a long-range jet for a smaller job last minute because we already had several light jets with multiple large modifications in house,” explains Chairman Todd Duncan. “The space was definitely needed, as evidenced by our teams’ ability to deliver 100 jets in just a few months.”
For more information, visit Duncan Aviation at booth #208 at NBAA 2014 held Oct. 21-23 in Orlando, or watch for announcements at www.DuncanAviation.aero/nbaa.