El Salvador already has a good basis for developing an aircraft industry in Aeroman, originally a TACA division that offered maintenance services to the airline's fleet and was acquired in 2006 by the Canadian company, Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. Aeroman is certified by the FAA to perform major maintenance on A-320 and Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft.
PROESA noted the ability of the Salvadoran industry in the production of fiberglass and carbon, as well as the know-how in electrical engineering, as advantages.
The tasks that are already being done include the inventory of human resources, training and technology in the country and the formation of a committee of industries interested in the subject, which together with the government and potential local and foreign investors, will determine the project’s strategic lines of action.
The article in Elsalvador.com, authored by Daniel Choto, reported that Kevin Michael, president of AeroStrategy, the consultant in aeronautical development that was hired commented that "we must first focus on specific segments, such as aircraft maintenance because it is labor-intensive. The second component is reparation, marketing and distribution of small parts for airplanes, as well as the manufacture of less complex elements of the aircraft."
With a school of aeronautical firefighters, a center for aircraft maintenance and better programs of aviation mechanics, the country aims to become a regional aviation cluster.
Although the promised expansion of the international airport Ronulfo Monsignor is still going at a slow pace, the area of aviation training and commercial aircraft maintenance is prepared to improve its services and turn the country into a hub for the aircraft industry at the regional level. Mario Martinez, director of the Central Institute of Aeronautics Training (ICCAE), told Elsalvador.com that "... it is right time for the country to take advantage of all the elements that it can intergrate in order to be eligible to be a cluster in the coming years. 'The location we have is key. We can create a first class logistics platform. '"
There are companies interested in investing in this industry but they need clear rules before making the decision to go to El Salvador.
"Here, what the government needs to do is move with agility in order to outpace other countries who are going the same route, they have to be more aggressive in putting together a proposal for all the players involved, which is what Mexico did and it is still attracting investments," said Ernesto Ruiz, CEO of Aeroman.
Located within the jurisdiction of Zaragoza, the first free zone of the aeronautics industry will begin operation next March.
Elsalvador.com reports on its website: "Initially they will set up the following companies: Aviotrade, which is distributor of airplane parts, Aviotechnology, a workshop which repairs some airplane parts, and a spare parts and accessories storage plant, which due to contractual obligations cannot reveal its name, the president and director of the San Jose Aviation free Zone, Federico Handal, reported."
To invest more in the Salvadoran aircraft maintenance industry, the company requires better airport infrastructure.
Aeroman is a company that provides aircraft maintenance services in El Salvador. It is preparing to invest $20 million in its eight operation line, but this initiative requires that authorities improve roads and infrastructure at and around the main airport of the country.
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