MRO Service Offerings

Australian Aerospace Engineering (AAE) was first established to provide maintenance and lease support for the company’s own Bell light and medium aircraft. The first helicopter was purchased in 1988 and since that time the company has accrued considerable experience in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities and specialises in heavy maintenance, major structural repairs and replacements. AAE is now offering these services to helicopter operators and maintainers across the Australasia region.

“We are a private company with a diverse range of capabilities, highly trained employees and a dedication to providing customers with a premier MRO service,” said Managing Director and CEO, Colin Johnston. “The company has traditionally supported lessees of company aircraft, but we recognise a need to support the Bell light and medium helicopters in our region and that is a strategic part of our growth plan.”

“With the installation of our Bell 206A/B/L series fuselage fixture we can repair or replace the roof shell, lower forward and aft shell, boot floor, baggage wall, seat panels, and more,” said Colin Johnston. “We are also equipped to carry out major composite repairs and replacements and we also stock a large supply of composite repair materials. In some instances we can perform field repairs if preferred by the customer.”

AAE operates under CAR30 with Certificate of Approval C604967, which allows the company to carry out works on all Bell light and medium series aircraft. The LAME staff are Bell Helicopter trained in field maintenance, component overhaul and composite repair (including main rotor blade repair).

Colin said that central to the company’s direction is the expansion into a new facility at Albury airport, the construction of which is scheduled for commencement in April 2015. “This first class facility will be equipped especially for comprehensive support of the Bell light and medium series aircraft in our region,” said Colin.

For further information on AAE’s services please contact Adam Johnston on (02) 60262614 or email

Bell 206A/B/L Series Fuselage Fixture Installed

In December 2014 Australian Aerospace Engineering installed and aligned a Bell 206A/B/L series fuselage fixture using a Faro Laser Tracker. The fuselage fixture allows the company to carry out major structural repairs and replacements on the Bell JetRanger and LongRanger aircraft.

Engineering Manager, Adam Johnston said that many older JetRanger and LongRanger airframes are in need of major structural works, and operators now have an economic option to extend the service life of these airframes.

“We are really excited to have the capability to carry out major structural repairs and Life Extension Programs on light Bell aircraft. This is something that we believe will see increasing demand over the coming years,” Adam said.

Adam said that the fixture will allow the company to change the roof shell, engine frame, baggage wall and other structurally critical components whilst ensuring drivetrain alignment.

AAE is a privately owned company with a 25 year history working with helicopters in Australia. The company offers dedicated Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for Bell light and medium series aircraft and specialises in heavy maintenance and helicopter airframe, tailboom and composite structures.

AAE operates from a comprehensively equipped hangar just outside of Albury NSW, but is expanding into a new 2000 sq.m facility at Albury Airport. Construction of the new facility is scheduled for commencement in April 2015.

“The light Bell fixture is the first step to providing industry with an MRO that can address major structural problems and we are excited to announce that the company has also prepared for installation a Bell 206A/B tailboom fixture and a Bell 205A-1/212/412/UH-1H fuselage fixture. These will be surveyed and aligned at our new facility” Adam said.

For further information, please contact Adam Johnston on (02) 60262614 or