SHAH ALAM: RMAF Directorate General Technical Airworthiness (DGTA) has approved and certified Skuadron 503 and Skuadron 601 as an Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), the RMN Eastern Fleet Command said today. Both squadrons received the certificate at a ceremony at the Kota Kinabalu air base at the RMN naval base.
The Eastern Fleet Command on its social media post stated
Skuadron 503 & @601Uas kini diiktiraf dgn pensijilan Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) oleh Directorate General Technical Airworthiness (DGTA). Majlis penyerahan sijil telah berlangsung di Stesen Udara Kota Kinabalu.
Regulation 4 of Technical Airworthiness Management Manual (TAMM) stipulates that the maintenance of state-registered aircraft and its aeronautical product be performed by an organization that has been certified by the Technical Airworthiness Regulator (TAR) as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO). In this context, the AMO shall include all service and commercial organizations engaged, or seeking to engage, in the maintenance (service and repair) of Malaysian state-registered aircraft and its aeronautical products.
Based on the above, I believed the AMO certification will allow maintenance work on both the AW139 and ScanEagles to be done at the KK airbase – either by the squadrons themselves or appointed contractors.
It is unknown whether Skuadron 601 is getting outside help to maintain its ScanEagles. If indeed it does, it is likely from Boeing, though I stand to be corrected of course. As for the AW139 most of the work has been awarded to Gading Aerospace Sdn Bhd as reported here.
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