NTX Magazine Volume 4 - Page 59

industry spotlight Manufacturing DAS technician inserting a bagged GIV Engine Cowl (composite part) into the autoclave after it comes out of the clean room. Reengineering for the Future So why does this world-wide company choose North Texas as its home? A “ People don’t realize how much business aviation is here in North Texas.” – Mike Manning, DAS Co-owner. fast-growing, middle-class suburb south of Dallas, Cedar Hill, is home to a brand-new, custom-built, 50,400-square-foot facility, for Dallas Aeronautical Services (DAS). This is no ordinary warehouse. Instead of boxes, shelves and conveyor belts with dirt and dust, it houses a controlled environment clean room, a large walk-in oven, a full Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) lab, a transmissivity test range, two autoclaves, two custom paint centers, and a complete four- and five-axis high-speed Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining center. Obviously, it’s not for repairing lawn equipment in this quiet North Texas suburb. DAS is an FAA Part 145 Repair Station that offers overhaul and repair of aircraft composites, structures and assemblies. The company specializes in thrust reversers, control surfaces, engine cowls, pylon and floor panels, as well as radome repair and testing. DAS’s clients are a “Who’s Who” list of aircraft manufacturers and operators including Bombardier Learjet and Challenger, Gulfstream, Embraer, Piaggio, Boeing, Hawker, Beechcraft and Beechjet. Basically -- very basically -- DAS takes aircraft parts that have been flying 10-15 years, overhauls them and sends them back to customers all over the world. One client in the United Kingdom regularly fills large containers with aircraft parts, ships them to DAS, where they’re repaired or overhauled, packed back in the containers and then sent home. In fact, a lot of their work is from the U.K. So why does this world-wide company choose North Texas as its home? “People don’t realize how much business aviation is here in North Texas,” said D L)