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Aeroman is an MRO Holding company that is based in San Salvador, El Salvador. Established in 1983, it is the operator of the largest aircraft maintenance center in Latin America.
Aeroman is an industry leader in providing airframe heavy maintenance, modification, and paint for some of the world’s top aircraft owners and operators. In addition to Aeroman, MRO Holdings operates two other aircraft maintenance centers. They are Flightstar Aircraft Services in Florida, USA, and TechOps, which is located in the city of Querétaro, Mexico.
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Aeroman opened its sixth hangar in El Salvador in 2019
In 2019, the company expanded the largest aircraft maintenance center in Latin America by investing US $45 million in the construction of a sixth hangar. With this increased capacity, the firm is now able to provide air maintenance services to 35 aircraft simultaneously.
Aeroman employs approximately 3,000 Salvadoran workers and has had a significant economic multiplier effect on the country’s economy in terms of the creation of thousands of indirect jobs. The company’s facilities are located at El Salvador International Airport, Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero and Galdámez.
The largest aircraft maintenance center in Latin America can handle the latest in aviation technology
The construction phase of Aeroman’s sixth hangar began in March 2018. Completed in June of 2019, it is comprised of a total area of 2,000 square meters (21,727.82 square feet) and is large enough to comfortably house 14 aircraft. Seven hundred laborers were required to build the structure. When at full capacity, the facility will employ an additional 560 new technicians.
The project also has forward vision, in that it will have the ability to receive and to service the new Boeing 777s that will be released this year.
The prototype 777X, a 777-9 model, was released on March 13, 2019. The Boeing 777 will be among the largest commercial aircraft in the world with a total wingspan of 71 meters (232.94 feet). In addition to airframe maintenance, the new hanger will have areas that include workshop space for cleaning, sanding, and painting plastics and seats.
According to Alejandro Echeverría, the CEO of Aeroman, the largest aircraft maintenance center in Latin America “will continue to generate skilled aeronautics jobs for many of the country’s young men and women.”
The largest aircraft maintenance center in Latin America influences education
In addition to having a positive effect on the country’s labor market in terms of job creation, the presence of the largest aircraft maintenance center in Latin America has affected the country’s educational system.
Students in El Salvador can dedicate themselves to two years of internationally recognized university studies that prepare them to be qualified technicians in the field of aeronautics, where aircraft systems are manufactured, operated, and maintained. This training provides students with an in-depth knowledge of electrical and electronic systems, digital systems, microprocessors, aerodynamics, propulsion systems and avionics, and measurement and instrumentation. Additionally, education provided by this course of studies provides a general knowledge of hydro pneumatic, electrical and mechanical mechanisms, aeronautical materials and maintenance programs, as well as air regulations and manual procedures.
Finally, students that matriculate in this course of studies work to gain familiarity with aeronautical diagrams and plans and international aviation standards.
Roberto Kriete, president of the Aeroman Board of Directors, recently reconfirmed the commitment of the company to the continued economic development of El Salvador. He stressed that Salvadoran talent is capable of providing maintenance service to aircraft of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced airlines. According to him, the fact is that “this has been consistently proven over the course of the last 37 years.”
In addition to servicing Boeing aircraft, Aeroman in El Salvador is certified to give maintenance to Airbus products such as the A320, A319, and A321 families. The largest aircraft maintenance center in Latin America is also equipped to work on Airbus’ giant A330, as well as on airplanes that are manufactured by Brazil’s premier aerospace company, Embraer.
For many Salvadoran citizens, Aeroman provides a great working environment that is conducive to technical and professional growth. According to Roberto Kriete, “Our employees are the pillar and the heart of our organization and their commitment to quality is what makes us great and allows us to progress.”
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