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EADS Socata approved for the maintenance of Grob 120A-F

EADS Socata extends its skills to the new trainer aircraft of the French Air Force

Cognac, 30 March 2007

Following the official delivery of the first single-engined aircraft Grob 120A-F on the Cognac French Air Force base, EADS Socata announces to have received the extension of approval to the new aircraft from the French aviation safety authority according to the EASA rules Part-145.

The Grob 120A-F is a side-by-side two-seater certified for aerobatics and for flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) which comes to complete the current TB 30 Epsilon fleet of the French Air Force flying school under the contract Socata concluded on 19 April 2006. between the French Ministry of Defence with EADS Military Air Systems and EADS Socata. Under this contract EADS Socata takes care of the engineering, aircraft maintenance and and integrated logistics support, of the fleet at the French Air Force Base. Avionics and engine of the Grob 120A-F, close to those of the Socata TB aircraft, are well-known to technical teams of EADS Socata. The resin/carbon all-composite airframe will be the first to be maintained by EADS Socata, relying on its composite aerostructures expertise.

“With the extension of our maintenance capability to the Grob 120A-F, we add a new string to our maintenance services skills. It is an excellent experience and an opportunity for the future.” Explained Raphaël Maître, EADS Socata’s Vice President, Customer services.

Currently, the French Air Force trains its pilots with TB 30 Epsilon aircraft. At the end of the deployment process, the training fleet will consist of 33 upgraded TB 30 Epsilons combined with the additional 18 Grob 120As. This flexible service, which guarantees a minimum volume of 15,000 flight hours, is charged per flight hour. Additionally, the high potential for further development of the means allows the offered service activity to be extended up to 32,000 hours.

EADS Socata is one of the world’s leading general aviation manufacturers, with more than 17,000 aircraft built since its creation as Morane-Saulnier in 1911. Current products include the TBM family of high-speed turboprops, TB GT piston aircraft, aerostructures for Airbus civil airliners, the A400M military transporter, Dassault Falcon jets, Eurocopter helicopters and Embraer regional jets. EADS Socata is expanding its customer service activities, to support its growing fleet of TBM and offer its light aviation expertise for aircraft below 5.7 tons through avionics modernization, maintenance, repair and overall package offers. Headquartered in Tarbes, France, with North American operations in Pembroke Pines, Florida, EADS Socata is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of € 39.4 billion and employs a workforce of about 116,800.

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