SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Boeing announced on Thursday that it recently obtained maintenance accreditation in the Netherlands to provide Chinook phase maintenance, which includes regular scheduled inspections and maintenance, for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) fleet of CH-47D Chinooks.
Boeing also has Netherlands accreditation for the AH-64D Apache helicopter.
With the NLD-MAR-145 accreditation, an in-country maintenance organization of eight Boeing employees stationed at Airbase Woensdrecht performs phase maintenance in coordination with the RNLAF team, the announcement said.
Phase maintenance can take several months to perform and includes regularly scheduled tip-to-tail inspection that covers components and tubing, the airframe, engines and rotor blades.
Having an MAR-145 accreditation in one country provides the opportunity to establish other maintenance organizations within Europe. This accreditation will be recognized by the other European countries since it is a direct derivative of the European Military Airworthiness Requirements, Boeing said.
According to the company, it is working closely with the RNLAF to transition to support for the modernized CH-47F Chinook, of which four are already flying in the Netherlands, and the AH-64E Apache, which is expected to begin delivering in 2023.