Oakenhurst Aircraft Services to distribute Spokane Industries, SealVac(tm) and HandiFueler(tm) in UK and Europe

Oakenhurst Aircraft Services (http://www.oakenhurst.com) is to promote and distribute Spokane Industries, Metal Products Division’ unique ground-support products in the UK and Europe under a newly signed agreement.

The initial products covered by the deal are Spokane’s patented SealVac™ vacuum fuel drain bowser which greatly speeds the process of defueling aircraft prior to maintenance, and the HandiFueler™ service cart used to optimize the daily servicing and refuelling of ground support equipment (GSE).

Both products have been widely praised by operators and hundreds are in service worldwide, particularly with the US Department of Defense. They are typically used by all types of MRO facilities servicing fixed-wing aircraft, and rotary wing versions are in development.

SealVac™ is a defuelling bowser which incorporates a unique vacuum plate tool that attaches to the aircraft sump or drain point and ensures that fuel is rapidly extracted without any leakage or human contact with the fuel. Key benefits are:

  • Single man operation
  • Aircraft defueled as much as 20 times faster than gravity systems, taking minutes rather than hours.
  • Health risks due to human/fuel contact eliminated
  • Environmental risks due to spillage eliminated

HandiFueler™ is a ground support service cart which allows efficient and safe daily servicing of GSE with major productivity savings over older systems. Advantages include:

· Just a single daily trip required to service fuel, fluids and tyres on GSE.

· GSE can be refuelled and serviced at the gate or aircraft without moving.

· All routine servicing needs satisfied on one vehicle with minimal training.

Nathan Batson, General Manager Spokane Industries, Metal Products Division, said:

“Oakenhurst have a great reputation for delivering excellent customer service and are well respected within the industry for providing a quality product in the European market, for which they’ve repeatedly won awards. They have a great location near all the London airports to serve the market and they share our passion for ensuring the best possible customer experience. They were an obvious choice of partner to take these unique products to market in the UK and Europe.”

Oakenhurst Managing Director Charlie Parker said:

“These products are cleverly designed and superbly made and they bring real efficiency gains to Aircraft maintenance facilities. Spokane Industries has a great track record with its existing customers and we are very much looking forward to working with them.”

More information about the products is available at http://www.spokanemetalproducts.com/index.php

Oakenhurst Aircraft Services

Part of the Oakenhurst Group, Oakenhurst Aircraft Services is an established FAR/JAR Part 145 maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) company specialising in component repair and trading. It has a 10,000ft2 (930m2) purpose-built facility at Rayleigh, Essex, UK and a second base at Boryspil, Kiev in Ukraine enabling it to serve the UK and mainland Europe rapidly and conveniently. It offers a 24 hour worldwide AOG service from the UK with all the required logistical facilities to provide fast support.

Oakenhurst Group employs a highly-skilled, experienced and respected team of engineers, and offers a variety of workshops encompassing a diverse range of avionics equipment including; electrical generation, radio/radar, galley, lighting and electrical components, in-Flight entertainment systems (IFE) and cockpit windows, along with its originally established gyro and instrumentation repair service.

In May 2011 Oakenhurst beat more than 60 competitors to win the Best Component MRO category at the ATEM Airline Purchasing & Maintenance Expo for the third year running.

In addition to the newly announced oxygen systems repair and overhaul workshop, Oakenhurst’s facilities include:

· Radio/Radar Workshop - with the capability to manage both old and new avionic technology.

· Avionics Workshop - a purpose-built workshop equipped with high-precision test equipment, offering an extensive capability on all types of general cockpit instrumentation.

· Cleanroom - equipped with a variety of test equipment to calibrate a wide range of gyroscopic and precision instruments. It has a Class 7 Cleanroom accreditation, in accordance with EN ISO 9001:2008.

· Electrical Workshop - fully equipped with a 60KW variable speed generator drive unit, capable of speeds up to 15,000 RPM and load banks with a capacity up to 60 KVA and 500A DC. Heavy AC and DC supplies are available for the testing for a large range of components.

· Galley Workshop - provides descaling, maintenance, repair, overhaul and inspection tests on a range of individual pieces of galley equipment and can provide certification for complete galleys.

· IFE Department - can carry out full component repairs on the GMIS system produced by BAE. Oakenhurst is also a warranty repair station for Goodrich Interior Cabin Electronic Systems (formerly Audio International).

Spokane Industries, Metal Products Division


Spokane Industries, Metal Products Division is a division of privately held Spokane Industries of Spokane Valley, WA which was founded in 1952 by the current owners’ father.

It started with a steel foundry and the metal products division was added over 30 years ago primarily building industrial tanks and vessels. Today it focuses on stainless steel vessel solutions for fuel applications, water, food, beverage, and bio-based products.

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