Switzerland’s MecanAir is the first dual Kodiak and TBM service center

Switzerland’s MecanAir is the first dual Kodiak and TBM service center

Daher has marked another important step in enhancing its global Network following the Kodiak acquisition in 2019, with MecanAir SA in Switzerland becoming an authorized service center for both the Kodiak and TBM.

Based at Ecuvillens Airport (LSGE) near Fribourg, MecanAir is an EASA Part 145 certificated maintenance and repair station. It has been operating as an authorized Kodiak service center, and the expansion of its responsibilities to the TBM underscores Daher’s integration of these two airplanes in the company’s single-engine turboprop product line.

“With MecanAir’s dual Kodiak and TBM authorization today – to be followed by other service centers in the future – customers will benefit from more comprehensive coverage and the increased synergy of our Network worldwide,” said Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division, and the CEO of Kodiak Aircraft.

MecanAir is specialized in the maintenance and repair of aircraft weighing under 12,500 lbs., as well as the overhaul of engines and accessories. In addition to its Ecuvillens Airport location, the company has maintenance workshops at the Swiss airports of Yverdon-les-Bains and Grenchen.

Under the expanded agreement with Daher’s Aircraft Division, MecanAir is now capable of handling all scheduled and non-scheduled maintenance services for Kodiak and TBM aircraft, along with engine overhauls, repair work, and airworthiness-related control/management under the authorization as a Continuous Airworthiness Monitoring Organization (CAMO).

Dave Schuck, Kodiak Aircraft’s Director of Customer Care, added: “As a key member of our services family for 10 years, MecanAir distinguished itself as an extremely capable provider for our customers.  We’ve been very pleased with MecanAir’s responsiveness at its own facilities as well as responding to off-site maintenance calls and look forward to the company’s expanded capabilities for the TBM.”

MecanAir CEO Michel Devaud is a well-known professional who developed a range of auto racing engines in the Can-Am and F5000 series for teams that included McLaren and Lola during the 1970s.

As an active private pilot, Devaud has built his own aircraft, and he set up an aviation engine overhaul operation to work on airplane engines. In 1976, Devaud created MecanAir as an aircraft maintenance and engine overhaul facility specialized in light aircraft – as well as for such legendary airplanes as the Tiger Moth, Bucker, Spitfire, AT-6 and Wildcat.