AirTanker takes full responsibility for the maintenance and continued airworthiness of the Voyager fleet. The RAF Brize Norton AirTanker Hub plays host to through life support and maintenance, repair and overhaul, with the support of our industry partners, Airbus Military, Cobham, Rolls Royce and Thales.
This service continues away from home through the deployment of people, spares and equipment to make sure that RAF Voyager is always operationally ready.
Aircraft operate on the military register and civilian register, with the engineering team working to the most restrictive of either regulator: the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) or the Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA).
As an airline in its own right, AirTanker holds an Air Operator’s Certificate, as well as, Extended Range Operations (ETOPS180), Part 145 and Part M approvals.
Engineering and aircraft-type expertise in support of frontline operations
Employing civilian, Sponsored Reservist and RAF embedded engineers, AirTanker’s engineering maintenance team delivers unparalleled levels of support to frontline operations.
Although not always a prerequisite, the majority of our civilian engineers double as RAF Reserves. This gives the RAF new depth in experience and numbers to deploy engineering teams down route in the support of the aircraft.
Our engineering service also mobilises the latest secure communications technologies to connect our deployed mechanical and electronics specialists in real time with the team at RAF Brize Norton, bringing additional expertise and support to the operational environment.
Part 145 training
As Voyager’s major maintenance programmes are carried out to Civil Aviation Authority regulations, all of our engineers, civilian or RAF embedded, have to hold or train and then qualify for an individual Part 145 licence.
As part of our pioneering training programme, the first teams of RAF embedded engineers have now completed their two-year industry and classroom based course to qualify as civilian licensed engineers. This clears them to work on A330-type aircraft under civilian regulations.