Textron Aviation and Bombardier Business Aircraft are gearing up for this weekend’s Super Bowl.
The business aircraft manufacturers said in separate statements to The Eagle that they will have extra maintenance staff and equipment on hand for their airplane customers traveling to Houston for the National Football League championship on Sunday.
Textron Aviation, the Wichita-based manufacturer of Beechcraft and Cessna airplanes and jets, said it will have three mobile service units and more than 40 technicians and two field service engineers in place to support its airplane customers, the company said in an e-mailed statement to The Eagle.
The mobile service units — specially equipped trucks that can do limited aircraft inspections as well as engine, tire and brake service — will be in place to provide around-the-clock coverage at George Bush International, Houston Executive and all other Houston area airports.
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It will also have two dedicated support aircraft standing by to rush parts and technicians to AOG, or aircraft on ground, situations.
Textron Aviation also operates a service center at Hobby Airport.
Bombardier is bringing extra help to Houston, too.
“We’ll be on site again this year to provide support and to ensure operators remain on time throughout the big weekend,” Bombardier Business Aircraft spokeswoman Anna Cristofaro said in an e-mail Friday.
Bombardier will have three dedicated on-site field service representatives in Houston and two mobile response units manned by two technicians each from Friday through Monday.
She said a Wichita-built Learjet 45 customer response aircraft will be on standby in Dupage, Ill., to make quick shipments from Bombardier’s Chicago-area main parts hub to Houston.
Bombardier also has a Customer Response Centre AOG Parts Services operation in Dallas that will support its Learjet, Challenger and Global business jet customers, Cristofaro said.