Aircraft structural modification and remanufacturing specialist Nextant Aerospace is opening an office on the campus of its MRO parent Constant Aviation at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. The move expands the Directional Aviation companies’ presence in the Orlando area and comes in response to increased demand for specialized engineering, design, drafting, and analysis for aircraft modifications and upgrades in the Southeast U.S., Nextant said.
Nextant is hiring a range of professionals to accommodate a “robust pipeline” of projects that range from aerospace engineering and design work to inspection services, landing gear repairs/overhaul, and structural repair and upgrades on key components such as Beechjet 400A/400XP horizontal stabilizers and Bombardier Challenger 300/350 engine inlets, the company said.
“The opening of a dedicated Nextant office at Orlando Sanford will allow us to serve more customers in a part of the country with an abundant number of aircraft that will benefit from our offerings,” said Nextant Aerospace executive v-p Mark O'Donnell.
Nextant further noted the additional staff will help provide for faster turnaround time on projects as it works collaboratively with Constant Aviation. Constant has a team of 115 at Orlando Sanford and, collectively with its Nextant division, plans to add 50 more employees this year.
“The natural synergies that exist between Nextant’s aircraft engineering, remanufacturing, and tailored supplemental type certificate aircraft modification expertise, paired with Constant Aviation’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul capabilities, have proven a powerful marketplace differentiator,” added Constant Aviation CEO David Davies. “Having the capabilities of Nextant and Constant Aviation, functioning as a seamless platform, allows us to perform more jobs completely in-house, without costly and inefficient outsourcing resulting in enhanced quality and far quicker turnaround for aircraft owners.”
Constant acquired the Orlando facility four years ago and since has added nearly 35,000 sq ft of hangar space and invested more than $10 million in facility upgrades. The company expanded the paint shop to provide full services with capabilities for up to large aircraft such as Bombardier Global and Gulfstream models.