Already known for their custom work and quick turn times, Dallas Aeronautical Services (DAS) recently completed construction of a new facility that allows for expanded capabilities and a 25% increase in employees; all in order to reach their goal of further reducing the turn times they can offer to current and potential customers. Featuring two autoclaves, two state of the art paint booths and new welding certification, DAS opened the doors to their new 50,400 sq. ft. facility during summer 2014.
Specializing in the overhaul and repair of composites, thrust reversers and inlets for corporate aircraft, DAS designed their new facility, located in Cedar Hill, TX, to be as efficient as possible. For example, a second new 8’ x 21’ working area autoclave gives DAS increased capacity over their previous facility and allows for oversized tools that are used for larger components, such as Engine Cowls, to be run in multiple loads. In addition, parts requiring different cure temperatures can now run at the same time in separate autoclaves, increasing DAS’ efficiency and reducing turn times.
The new facility features two new state of the art paint booths that will also work to reduce turn times by applying primer and topcoats separately. The topcoat booth features a built-in cure oven, which allows topcoats to cure in just 90 minutes.
“Our new facility has been a substantial investment in the future of DAS,” said Mike Manning, Vice President, Dallas Aeronautical Services. “Not only have we been able to expand our capabilities with the new facility, but bringing all of those capabilities under one roof makes our processes quicker and even more efficient, allowing us to support aggressive turn times while still maintaining the highest quality standards.”
In addition to the new facility, DAS has added Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) to their operation specifications, which means they are now certified to weld Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium, and Inconel alloys. This new certification will also aid in reducing turn times and allows DAS to add new product lines, such as APU mufflers, to their full list of capabilities.
DAS partnered with The Cedar Hill Economic Development Committee for the construction of the new building, choosing Cedar Hill’s High Meadows Industrial Park as the prime location for their new facility.
“Working with the economic development committee was very beneficial for both parties, and we have a similar partnership in Brazil,” continued Mike Manning. “We always look for opportunities to work with and better the community when we consider expanding or moving one of our facilities. “
In addition to the new facility in Texas, DAS Brazil, a subsidiary of DAS, is expanding into a new facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil in the first half of 2015.
DAS is an FAA Part 145 Repair Station that provides support for corporate aircraft operators through the overhaul and repair of composites, structures and assemblies. In addition to their operation in the United States, DAS also operates in South America under the name DAS Brazil. Specializing in thrust reversers, control surfaces, engine cowls, pylon and floor panels, as well as radome repair and testing, DAS provides support for Bombardier Learjet and Challenger, Gulfstream, Piaggio, Embraer, Boeing, and Hawker Beechcraft and Beechjet components. In addition, DAS has cultivated a diverse list of active partnerships within the aviation industry, including leading OEMs. Conveniently located just south of Dallas Love Field airport, DAS can support aggressive turn times while maintaining the highest quality and providing competitive prices. To learn more visit www.dasvcs.com or call 972-723-3164.