Airbus has agreed to develop an aircraft maintenance training programme with GMF AeroAsia, which could see the latter granted EASA 147 certification next year.
GMF, the maintenance and repair subsidiary of Garuda, signed a Memorandum for Maintenance Training Collaboration at Farnborough with Airbus.
“This co-operation with Airbus will help us ramp-up our maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, and to benefit from Airbus’s high standards and latest technologies in maintenance training.” said President & CEO of GMF Richard Budihadianto.
He added that this cooperation will be essential to meet their internal training needs, as well as Indonesian market ab-initio future requirements as Garuda Indonesia¹s fleet expands considerably.
Budihadianto explained that the scope of cooperation covers three aspects; first, GMF AeroAsia becomes the Airbus Remote Training Centre (ARTC). As ARTC, GMF AeroAsia instructors are listed in the Airbus Maintenance Training Organization Exposition (MTOE).
This allows them to obtain aircraft maintenance trainings according to Airbus standards. “We hope that by the end of 2012, GMF instructors will be included in the Airbus MTOE,” he said.
Secondly, GMF AeroAsia expects to obtain the EASA 147 Certificate by February 2013. “Airbus will push GMF to become EASA 147 certified, particularly for the A320 and A330 type ratings,” he said.
Thirdly, the Basic Training development is a long-term program and will be carried out in accordance with Airbus standards. To this end, Airbus is committed to develop the Basic Training at GMF AeroAsia.
In June, Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to develop an advanced aviation training centre in the country.