Nayak has entered the year 2023 and we couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming few months!
1 January 2023
In the next period we will see the opening of our newest station in Tel Aviv and Sevilla and several trainings performed in Q1 2023. Says CEO Marco Smit “ We are proud and thankful to see what we have achieved as a group of hard-working professionals in 2022. Many positive developments are forecasted for the company and this is all possible through each of our employees working together to provide a good and reliable service”.
Here’s to a successful and prosperous year 2023 to all our friends, clients and colleagues!
No matter the weather, Nayak is working hard to get everybody home on time for Christmas!
19 December 2022
Nayak team in focus: Today we speak with Richard Brunthaler, Nayak Austrias Operational Manager, Stations Manager at Vienna, Salzburg and St.Gallen -Altenrhein and Company Officer.
15 December 2022
Richard has been with Nayak for almost 3 years now and boasts an impressive resume that includes working as a Head of Planning and MOC, Base Maintenance Manager and Deputy Technical Director for over 11 years at several Austrian-based, commercial aviation companies. He is excited to see Nayak Austria growing in the future and is proud of the experienced engineers that he works with in Austria. He likes, that the Nayak teams focus not only lays in professionalism and friendliness but most important, on customer focused flexibility. Says Richard “ I am so proud to work together with all my colleagues as a part of Europe’s largestindependent maintenance provider. I hope we can continue working well together by providing the best support to our customers”.
Thank you for the interview Richard!
Nayak supports Christmas Cargo
8 December 2022
As the days grow colder, Christmas eve draws nearer. With only 2 weeks to go, cargo planes are operating in their peak season with significantly more flights then usual to meet the demand of seasonal purchases. Europe-wide, Nayak supports more then 500 cargo flights every week in this period of the year. A variety of aircraft are used for cargo and stop, either during the day time or night time, at our stations. This includes A300, A320, A330, B737 CL & NG, B757 and B767.
Although most parts of the plane are the same, maintenance on a cargo plane can be a bit different from a passenger plane. While passenger facilities like seats, reading lights, passenger entertainment system and an overhead oxygen system are not present, a cargo plane requires extra inspections on the cargo floor locks, rollers and on some a/c the cargo loading system. Additionally, the big cargo door requires extra maintenance. But no matter what plane the Nayak team works on, day or night, Nayak will make sure you get your Christmas deliveries because Here we are.
Greetings from the HR team at Yellow Technic by Nayak in Barcelona!
5 December 2022
Today we would like to thank the HR team, Alessandra Conti, Nasif Chemes, Carla Rudé and Antonio Galdeano Rebull, for all their hard work. Every day, they help make sure everything runs well at Yellow Technic, in the offices and on the line! Currently, they are implementing systems to automate and standardize all the processes as well as their normal duties. Says Nasif Chemes, HR generalist, “ We are a versatile group, we work well together and share good interpersonal communication. In our case, the chain is only as strong as its weakest link, which means that helping each other when needed and communicating well together keeps our team strong.”
Keep up the good work guys!
Nayak provides maintenance for 5-star, 787 Dreamliners!
1 December 2022
We are proud to say that we have extended our cooperation with a commercial carrier from the Persian Gulf by providing maintenance at our DUS station. This is a carrier that, just like Nayak, puts customer service in first place and truly offers 5-star, world class service with a smile.
Nayak team in focus: today we talk with B1 Engineer Jeroen Meulenbroek.
28 November 2022
Jeroen is a Nayak engineer who works in Amsterdam and holds licenses on the B747, B777, A330 and A340. Much like other engineers we have mentioned in previous posts, Jeroen left Nayak a number of years ago due to circumstances but found himself missing Nayak. At the time, he chose to go and work at Lufthansa Technik at Schiphol but still kept in close contact with his previous colleagues from Nayak who also worked at Schiphol in Amsterdam. While not actively looking for a new job, he was however convinced by Nayaks AMS station manager of the benefits of returning to the Nayak family. Says Jeroen,
“I wanted to gain more experience on the types I have and do more hands-on work instead of only doing walkarounds”
Nayak enables its workers to grow within their roles to fit their own goals and ambitions. Jeroen is able to do this in his current role at Nayak and hopes to gain more customer approvals and aircraft types in the future on the fleets Nayak handles. He says that he is glad to be back as he already knew many of his colleagues from before but he also values the diversity in the company which makes the work more interesting on the day-to-day level. To Jeroen coming back to Nayak was an easy choice and he couldn’t feel more welcome.
Thanks for the interview Jeroen!
Winter is coming, but Nayak has you covered!
21 November 2022
The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. This week there are predicted to be several countries nation-wide that will have temperatures drop to below-freezing. Don’t get caught unawares and call on Nayak to help you with your Winter preparations in time!
Aircraft performance can be affected by things like ice, freezing fog, ice pellets snow, sleet and frost so it is important to perform regular checks and maintenance. Even rain, at freezing temperature, can have an effect if it gets into your engines and freezes. Your aircraft can experience an increase in drag and vibrations as well as a decrease in thrust and in general efficiency. In the worst case, your engines can even fail. Don’t let this happen to you and contact our team today! Alongside our maintenance services ,we provide a comprehensive range of services to combat cold weather conditions which includes manual de-icing and hot air de-icing . We take special care with “no spray” areas to avoid contamination and additionally offer clear ice checks on the wings.
So invest in a safe Winter for your aircraft with Nayak and contact us today at email@example.com
Nayak in Vienna, Austria expands their capabilities!
14 November 2022
At Nayak, customer service comes first. That is why we are constantly working to upgrade our capabilities and trainings so that we can better meet the expectations of our clients. We are proud to announce that recently, our team in Vienna has expanded their line MTCE capabilities to include the Embraer(ERJ) 135/145.
Welcome to Nayaks Hangar!
3 November 2022
It’s Hangar season again in Europe, which means busy times for Nayak in its own maintenance hangar in Dusseldorf, Germany with up to 600 manhours a day. Nayak is an independent MRO and serves a wide range of customers in Europe on several models from the Airbus and Boeing fleets. The hangar is divided into several sections which include: 10.700m² for production, 8.500 m² for aircraft to accommodate up to 5 aircraft including the Airbus A330-300.
Nayak is certified by several international authorities including EASA and FAA. Our base maintenance team is capable of performing base and heavy maintenance services up to 6- years inspections.
Need our service at your station or need some base maintenance performed? Send us an e-mail today at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help you!
Nayak Team in focus: today we talk with Marta Ayala Mariscal from the Quality department of Yellow Technic by Nayak in Spain.
27 October 2022
Marta is still a new face at Nayak, having joined Nayak after her internship, she quickly realized her love for the aviation maintenance industry and made her position permanent. She now works as a Quality assistant, making sure that forms are filled out, regulations are followed and most importantly, that everybody on the Nayak team is safe when performing their work on the aircraft. She thereby forms an integral part of the Nayak family. A member that you may not often see but that is just as important. One of the things she likes best about Nayak is the family feeling and how people help each other out no matter their position in the company.
“ We are a team and we have to work together, no matter what”
She also really likes Nayaks commitment to aviation and the high quality standard that they operate by. She is loving the work that she does. She says honestly, that anybody that has the opportunity to work in the aeronautical sector should do so as they too will surely fall in love with it like she has.
Thanks for the interview Marta!
Nayak provides water sterilization on location!
24 October 2022
Did you know that among the many line maintenance services Nayak provides ,which includes transit assistance, servicings, night-stop-handling, line checks, engine change and check, night-stop handling, borescope and on-site sheet metal repairs and AOG support, we also provide water sterilization that can be performed at your preferred station! Only last week our quick and reliable team was called out to CGN(Cologne) where we performed a water sterilization on two aircraft of a well-known German aviation company. Good job guys!
Nayak performs repair on two A330 Airbus engines with 4Repair at AMS.
20 October 2022
Recently we had an A330 come in with damage on the air intake acoustic structure of both of its Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. As this engine is made of a composite structure, this required some assistance by specialists. To help us perform this job we called in the team from 4Repair, one of our trusted partners for sheetmetal work since 2007. They were able to make the repairs quickly and accurately and we have no doubt this A330 will be flying again soon!
Nayak Group announces Marco Smit as CEO and Boris Liffers as CFO.
17 October 2022
As of the 15th of October Marco Smit has taken on the position of CEO and Boris Liffers, Phd, has become the CFO.
Marco has been at Nayak for almost 20 years now and has always had a love for aviation and a mind for the MRO industry. Even as a young man, he saw the potential in Nayak and chose to do his very first internship at Nayak. Since then he has helped Nayak grow to a company that is now present in 16 countries, at 50 individual stations and is supported by 950 employees.
He believes that Nayaks core values which include flexibility, reliability, and excellent customer-service as well as a team that works together with a “family” feeling are elements will support Nayak in the future and will help it grow to even greater heights. “Providing flexible Maintenance solutions is what we have done for many years in the past and what we will continue to do for many more years to come.” Says Smit, “Serving our customers by making the Ground times effective for Maintenance and keep the maximum availability for the airlines is the key”
Dr Boris Liffers joined Nayak at the end of 2017 as a restructuring specialist. He managed the merger with the former Air Berlin Technik and initially directed the restructuring process and the strategic repositioning of Nayak as CRO. In the following years, he will be responsible for the areas of finance, IT and legal.
When asked about Nayaks current team, Boris Liffers says “It was impressive to see the eloquence with which current management team drove the restructuring forward. Despite significant setbacks during the Corona period, everyone worked together and led Nayak into this growth.”
Welcome to both gentleman and we look forward to many years of growth under your leadership!
This month we welcome our new stations manager at Brussels airport, Dominiek Lammertyn!
29 September 2022
Dominiek is not a new face at the airport itself, as he has been working there for various aviation companies for 25 years now! He started his aviation career back in 1997 with a transport airline headquartered in Belgium. After 18 years he left to take up a role as an MCC coordinator for an Aerospace company but after only a few years, found that he missed the action and contact with the people who worked directly with the aircraft. He didn’t want a job that was simply “ between 4 walls”. He moved on and 3 years later, chose to come to Nayak. The first interviews had immediately created a good first impression by showing him Nayaks positive and driven vibe. He was also impressed by Nayaks presence all over Europe( and perhaps soon the world)and most importantly the opportunities that Nayak offers in terms of growth in the combination of being both an engineer and building up the line station as manager in Brussels. He anticipates many opportunities for growth in the future as well as colleagues he knows he can rely on. We look forward to working with you for many years to come Dominiek!
Meet Mauro Melis, Nayaks very own beekeeper!
22 September 2022
A beekeeper at an airport?! Yes, at Milan-Malpensa (MXP) airport, Mauro Melis is called into action at least twice a year to take care of swarms of bees! Mauro has worked for Nayak for over 15 years now and has fulfilled a number of jobs in that time. Currently, he is supporting Nayaks administration and organizing things like airport access, but he also fills in as a beekeeper when a swarm of bees is spotted on the premises. The most recent time this happened was only last month when he was called in to take care of a nest of bees on a dolly that was supposed to enter the freights on an aircraft. He reacted immediately by surveying the nest and then used smoke to disorient them and place them in a box. He then took them home to be added to the other bees that he keeps as a hobby. He has been in the beekeeping business for 40 years now and is still fascinated by this small insect.
Unpredictable events like this, are what makes the job truly interesting for Mauro. There is never a dull day for him at Nayak and he loves coming to work each day. Thank you for the good work Mauro!
Nayak team in focus: today we talk with Carlo Boschino, the Stations manager of our Rome(FCO) station.
19 September 2022
Carlo has always loved the aviation world, this quickly becomes clear from the fact that he has been working in the industry since 1989, having joined Nayak Aircraft Services in Italy in 2011. While he has worked in different positions during his career, he now prides himself in a wide selection of titles including Line Station Manager Nayak FCO, but also Faa Foreman in charge, Licensed Aircraft Engineer B1 & B2, Borescope inspector, Theoretical & Practical instructor as well as Examiner and Practical Assessor for the Airbus 320 family.
Carlo says that what fascinates him most about his job is the recovery of AOG’s, creating a work team as well as researching and optimizing repairs in accordance with safety standards. He also enjoys expanding his knowledge, such as when Nayak works with other maintenance companies or other airlines. In particular, his best experience has been to help set up Yellow Technic in Barcelona, a large maintenance operation which he describes as “truly a unique example in Europe”. Of course he also immensely enjoys working at home at his home base in Rome (FCO). He boasts that his work team is “ highly specialized staff and with many years of experience, a team of experts who always give their best to have customer satisfaction.”
Carlo wishes that more people outside of the aviation industry would be aware of the incredible work that aircraft technicians do. It is a highly qualified profession with a high level of responsibility and the utmost attention. Vehicles, equipment, complex documentation, and most of all the technician’s knowledge are required. It is a role where autonomy and discretion converge. Where men and women perform under high pressure often even in extreme weather conditions.
“Aircraft maintenance, thanks to the dedication of aeronautical technicians, makes them efficient and safe and contributes to the optimization of flight operations. For the new generations, I would dare to say: you can’t do this job if you don’t like it! STAY STRONG, WE ARE AVIATION!”
Thanks for the interview Carlo!
Trends in the aviation world project the global maintenance industry market to grow from 19.3 billion to 28.73 by 2029.
12 September 2022
Fortune business Insights has reported in a recent article, that the aviation maintenance industry will increase exponentially over the next few years. Due to Covid, the last few years have shown a multibillion-dollar loss in passenger revenue, with many airlines only surviving by offering repatriation and cargo flights. For instance, during the pandemic, no less than 39200 repatriation flights carried 5.4 million people home as well as 46400 special cargo flights carrying 1.5 million tons of cargo, often including medical supplies.
Now, as we move beyond the pandemic, several points are propelling the aviation industry upwards. These include an increase of advanced technologies (such as AI), an increase of passenger air traffic ( low-cost airlines in particular have expanded the market) and most importantly, the subcontracting of line maintenance services by airline operators worldwide. Due to the quick growth of aviation services, this has also lead to an increased demand for maintenance and repair services. The new trend of sub-contracting has been rising as many operators recognize the benefits of cost reduction in terms of labor and maintenance costs. Sub-contracting has enabled them to access additional resources at a local price point which has not only saved them money but optimized operational efficiency.
“ In pandemic times business models have been reviewed and adjusted to be as efficient as possible and come back to the essence of the aviation companies. Now, the Aviation market development in post-covid times are taking a lift and opening the next steps for Airlines and MRO’s to work together and make the best solutions possible for both “ says Marco Smit, Managing Director of the Nayak Group. “ Nayak has their specialism on Line and Base Maintenance and is continuously working on next level cooperation with Airlines and Lessors to provide cost savings while securing the technical performance. We’re delighted to see maintenance outsourced to a specialist like us , so we can make the difference for the airlines in what we do best! “
Meet Nayaks newest female flying spanner!
8 September 2022
Sometimes clients at far away locations need an engineer to assist with their aircraft. This is when Nayaks flying spanner engineers are called upon to fly out. Ana Rey is the newest engineer from the Nayak team to take on this role in addition to working for Yellow Technic by Nayak as a B1 engineer specialized in the A320 family.
Over the last few months she has flown to Banjul (BJL) in Gambia and Cape Verde(SID) with the primary function of accompanying the aircraft on all flights and handling the maintenance duties. Says Ana
“ I couldn’t be happier at this moment. The best part of my day is being around these beautiful aircraft and amazing engines. When you work long nights that sometimes feels endless, watching the sunrise and airplanes flying off into the distance can be really enjoyable for me. I love my job!”
In addition to her new role, since last week Ana has also been nominated to work for Nayaks Quality department to assist with their Safety investigations reports. This process consists of collecting data, determining root causes and implementing corrective and preventative actions for the future. They can thereby work to identify concerning events and define the steps it takes to eliminate or avoid them in the future.
Ana says that she will never get tired of this job and that everything is a new challenge. To other women she says “ Believe in yourself! ; believe in all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater that any obstacle. Strong women aren’t simply born. We are forged through the challenges of life. With each challenge we grow mentally and emotionally . We move forward with our head held high and strength that can not be denied.”
Today we are proud to celebrate Yellow Technic by Nayaks 1 year anniversary!
2 September 2022
One year ago, Yellow Technic was established as an innovative part 145 venture with one of Spains largest commercial aviation companies.
Since then we have worked side by side, through both the cold Winter and the sweltering Summer days taking care of more than 60 aircraft per night and up to 300 transits a day. We are so proud when we look back at the last year which has seen the team reach over 500 manhours on a daily basis, both day and night to perform scheduled and unscheduled line maintenance. Wether you work in the office or on the Line, we want to thank our Yellow Technic family for the hard work. We couldn’t have done it without you. Here’s to many more years together!
Nayak goes electric!
29 August 2022
Nayak believes that green initiatives are important and that by changing our behavior, we too can help benefit the planet and do our part. That is one of the reasons why several of Nayaks stations have started switching over to cleaner energy in the form of electric cars instead of ones that run on pricy fossil fuels. For example stations like MXP and ARN. Ronaldo Flores van Onlangs, the stations manager of ARN says “ Driving a cleaner, more comfortable (no engine noise) and financially more efficient car was a no-brainer”. The electric cars are being used landside for anything from technical to logistic needs. They have already proven to be immensely popular and the feedback from MXP has been that “they are so versatile and can be used for everything. Not only that but fueling them is much cheaper”. In ARN, they are already planning for the next electric options, seeing the waiting lists that many electric models have in Sweden show their rise in popularity. Here’s to an electric future!
Thank you for the interview Andre!
Nayak Team in focus: this week we sat down with André Gürtzgen, a Senior Supervisor at Nayaks MCC in DUS!
25 August 2022
Every day the team from the maintenance control center(MCC) makes sure that our clients aircraft are kept air-worthy and are taken care of right on schedule. Our 24/7 MCC availability means that no matter what time a call comes in, Nayak is ready to be of service. Andre is one of the friendly voices that you might reach at our DUS station. Now in his fourth year working for Nayak, he has worked as a maintenance manager in previous positions as well as shift leader and B1 engineer.
One of the things Andre values the most about Nayak is that they offer so many different positions and thus flexibility in terms of growth. Andre has always had a passion for aviation but he also likes to work with people so he has found the position in the MCC as ideal for his interests. He often has contact with clients and while the organization of AOG services can be intense, he finds it particularly rewarding when he knows the client is happy . His work includes sending out Nayak team members in addition to materials to where they are needed, as well as helping his colleagues troubleshoot any problems.
“ At Nayak we are strong together and we help each other”.
Thank you for the interview Andre!
Busy start at BRU this Summer!
15 August 2022
Recently, we opened our latest station to our large network of maintenance stations in Europe: BRU, Brussels, Belgium. To meet the demand and our increase of capabilities, some new equipment was delivered in a special manner. Currently we support the A320 series( both CEO and NEO), A330 as well as the B737(Cl, Max, NG) and we will soon be expanding our capabilities to include the B777! As always, our engineers have client service at heart so it’s not surprising to see Brussels expanding so quickly! If you would also like to be assisted by Nayak at Brussels and we don’t support your aircraft type yet, why not send us a mail at email@example.com and enquire about how we can meet your needs? Our team will do what it takes because when you need us, Here we are!
New expanded capabilities at Bologna, Naples, Lisbon and Rome!
11 August 2022
Nayak is constantly working on meeting its clients needs by expanding its capabilities so we are proud to announce that, as of this month, we are offering service capabilities for the A220( PW 1500G) at both Bologna(BLQ) and Naples(NAP) station. Additionally we are also offering capabilities for the Boeing 787-8/9/10 (RR Trent1000) in Rome(FCO) and Lisbon(LIS).
These capability expansions are part of Nayaks promise to our clients to not only work with flexibility but most importantly, to put our customers first .In times when other maintenance teams may have to cut back, the Nayak family is expanding and standing strong. If you need our services then HERE WE ARE.
Are you interested in requesting Nayaks service at one of these stations? Planning a new route? Or just curious about our other capabilities? then contact our sales team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nayak would like to congratulate the team at LATAM Airlines for their first flight from FCO airport in Rome!
4 August 2022
The 10th of July marked the day when Latams mighty B777-300 powered by GE90-115B landed for the first time at FCO after almost 11 hours of flight from Sao Paulo(GRU) in Brazil. The station at FCO will mark another location that Nayak supports Latam at and is the result of a good cooperation at other places. Latam has a high-quality system outlining their company procedures for which eight of our employees were specifically trained and even completed several exams for. Other procedures included a training for Latams maintenance website and an audit completed with 100% compliance. We are truly honored to see the cooperation growing in Europe.
The Latam Airlines group is Latin America’s leading airline group with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 146 destinations in 26 countries, and is present in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in addition to its international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa. The Group employs approximately 33500 people worldwide, operating more than 1,300 flights per day and transporting 69 million passengers per year. Their modern fleet includes A320, B787, A321 and A320neo.
Nayak in Barcelona delivers top performance despite skyrocketing temperatures at the height of summer!
28 July 2022
In the last few weeks, temperatures have skyrocketed in Europe with many countries experiencing temperatures of over 30C. However, despite the heat, the team from Nayak has risen to the challenge and gone above and beyond for our long-term partner (home based in Barcelona) in terms of service and overall performance . This month will mark the 1 year anniversary of Nayaks Yellow Technic team in Spain and our station in Barcelona is more busy than ever in this summer peak. The Spanish team is currently looking after 60 aircraft based in BCN, working every night to perform scheduled and unscheduled jobs. This marks more than 500 manhours at the end of every day! Numbers have been consistently good in terms of AOG’s, deferred terms and overall quality and on most of the days operations with 0 AOG’s. This is not only in BCN but also at some of the other stations in the network, applicable to a fleet of about 130 aircraft.
Muchas gracias to the Nayak Yellow Technic team in Barcelona and all outstations for all your hard work. This would not be possible without you!
Nayak provides quick and flexible service even in peak season!
26 July 2022
Only two weeks ago, a last minute request for 2 based aircraft support came in during Amsterdam’s peak season. A well known ACMI operator, reached out to Nayak if we could support the two aircraft. Although it is currently peak season and Nayak is already working at almost full capacity, Nayaks dedication to find a solution and through our flexibility we accepted the challenge and made it work! Thank you to all involved to make this work. Even last minute, we stand by our motto: if you need us, HERE WE ARE!
Nayak team in focus: Today we celebrate Arjan Groot, a senior ground engineer who has now been working for Nayak for 25 years!
21 July 2022
In his time at Nayak, Arjan has worked on many different projects. Ranging from heavy maintenance on SAAB340 and Fokker 50’s to line maintenance on A320’s and Cargo A330’s. There is a new project or customer every few years and it sometimes feels to him like he is working 5 different jobs with all the different tasks he does!
While most of his work was doing line maintenance at Amsterdams Schiphol airport, he looks back with fond memories of his outstation trips. Several trips to accept a new Embraer 190 at the factory in Sao Jose dos Campos Brazil was an absolute highlight. The trips involved a week of testflights, visual inspections and a functional test. Followed by a handover ceremony and the Ferry-flight across the Atlantic with several stops. Another nice trip was quite recent. Nayak was requested by a large aviation company from New Zealand to assist the delivery of their A320 Neo because their own staff was unable to travel to Europe due to quarantine regulations. Arjan traveled to Toulouse to do the final checks on the aircraft. Then he traveled with the aircraft to Gander Newfoundland Canada to do the ETOPS check there and then traveled back to Amsterdam.
What Arjan likes the best about Nayak is the ever-changing work environment and the opportunity to try new things. He hopes that one day Nayak will be part of the next big step in aviation and that he will be able to work on electric or hydrogen powered aircraft. He loves the thrill of a new challenge and goes by the phrase
“Line maintenance is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Thank you for the interview Arjan and congratulations on 25 years!
Thank you to all the hard workers this Summer!
14 July 2022
Recently, temperatures started to rise again, hitting over 30C in some European countries. Many of our Nayak Team are working extra hours to meet the demand of so many travelers that want to take to the skies. We appreciate every one of our team and know how hard they work! Recently in AMS, Nayak handed out water, cola, ice-cream and Nayak sunscreens for our employees. We hope that this helped combat the heat a little!
We wish to thank all those who are working so hard this Summer to make sure people reach their destinations, be it in the office or on the aircraft. Your dedication, support and passion is what drives the industry and truly makes a team a family. This Summer is going to get busier than ever, but we know we can do it with teamwork!
It’s time to celebrate as Nayak has just opened its station in Brussels!
7 July 2022
After many preparations Nayak has opened its first station in Belgium which will be used to support 2 major clients at the start. One of these is operating 2 homebased A320 CEO’s while the other is flying the A320 NEO. For Nayak this is just the start in Brussels and our focus going forward is to make the full setup for all commercial aircraft flying at the airport as Nayak is known for. Our complete setup will be extended in the next months for both narrow and wide body aircraft from Airbus and Boeing.
Nayak is proud to say that they will be present in another European country and there is no doubt that there will be more to come soon! When the Nayak team is needed, then Here we are!
Nayak Team in focus: Bo Spoolder, intern at Nayak Amsterdam
29 June 2022
This week we got to talk to one of Nayaks interns about her experience! Bo is currently finishing her Bachelors and has spent almost 20 weeks interning at Nayak. During this time, she has worked on analyzing the flow between customer and departments and thought of ways to optimize this process. She has also helped out with organizing flight tickets and accommodations for traveling employees. Looking back, she says that she really enjoyed talking to different people from different stations and different roles in Nayak. Everybody was very polite and eager to help her with research. She liked that Nayak had so many different cultures in all their stations Europe-wide. Another thing that really impressed her was how Nayak puts their clients first.“ For Nayak, customer is king, and they are always trying to help them with whatever they need.”
We will definitely miss her sunny smile and can-do attitude at the offices and wish her all of the best in her future aviation career. In Bo’s words: “ Work hard and make it happen!” .
Thank you for the interview Bo!
Nayak forms new training alliance with Eurowings!
22 June 2022
At Nayak, our training of young recruits that have chosen to start the exciting path to becoming an aircraft engineer, fills us with pride and joy. Seeing them grow in their role as they learn new tasks and information is truly an amazing feeling. Of course, this is also a way that we assure new, qualified recruits at Nayak are available to take on the role of aircraft maintenance at one of our stations.
With this in mind, we have entered a vocational /apprenticeship training alliance with Eurowings Technik that will begin in September 2022 at our Station in Dusseldorf. Along with our own trainees we will be training several trainees for Eurowings on their A320 aircraft. On the job training such as drilling and riveting will be done at Nayak while training on actual aircrafts will be done via Eurowings Technik. Basic informational training, sample training as well as general organization will also all be handled by Nayak. After 4 years, these trainees will then return to Eurowings Technik.
This exciting partnership truly highlights our mutual long-term relationship with Eurowings. Currently, Nayak supports Eurowings in many locations in Europe including the home base of Dusseldorf. Support at these stations has confirmed to Eurowings that Nayak is both experienced and reliable in their service and aviation know-how. Above all, they see Nayak as an excellent strategic partner and believe that this partnership is a great investment in the future. Soon, the applications for these training positions will open and we look forward to meeting hard-working and enthusiastic applicants who love aviation just as much as we do. We can’t wait to work side by side with our colleagues and friends at Eurowings to help train the aviation professionals of tomorrow. Will you join us?
Service with a smile at Helsinki for TUI
16 June 2022
Recently, our team at Helsinki waved goodbye to TUI’s Boeing 787 home based aircraft, which was supported by Nayak during the Winter 21/22 season. Coming in at the tail end of a challenging recovery from Covid period, there has been a substantial increase of travelers and an excellent teamwork between both partners. TUI has highly praised Nayak and stated that they could not have asked for more in terms of support and service. Nayak is providing TUI with its technical expertise at numerous other locations across Europe and airlines know that when they need support, be it day or night, Nayak is only a call away. We look forward to many more years working together. See you again next year in Helsinki TUI!
Another day at AMS airport: Our engineers are on top of it, performing a change on a VHF#3 antenna on an Airbus A330-300.
14 June 2022
Nayak technicians perform a whole host of different services, big and small. Among them we also perform antenna changes! Just a few days ago our guys were called in to perform an antenna change on a large cargo aircraft from one of our clients. This antenna is one of many that make sure that the plane is able to communicate and navigate with the control tower and other planes over radio frequencies. The antenna change did not take long and the plane was able to go right back into scheduled service afterwards with no issues. Good job guys!
Nayak is proud to announce that we have now officially reached 900 employees!
7 June 2022
The Nayak family has grown immensely since its start in 1974. Stretching across 15 countries and 49 stations with more to come in the next few months. It is truly the employees that make us the strong team that we are today and the love for aviation that makes us equal and keeps us together. When you come in to work, it is like coming home to a second family. A family that supports your dreams, listens to your opinions and stands at your side when times get tough. We are proud of and want to thank every one of our 900 employees and look forward to the future with a smile when we think of our aviation family.
Did you know?
30 May 2022
Nayak recently updated its capabilities to include 6 stations that can support the A220! And boasts 34 stations that can support the Embraer 170/190!
Nayak is continuously working to add aircraft capabilities to fit our clients current and future needs. If our customers want to add new aircraft to their fleet, they know that Nayak will do what it takes to be able to support them. Nayak puts client service first and knows that clients’ needs evolve as the market does.
We are proud to announce that from the 1st of June we will be opening a new station in Bremen in Germany!
16 May 2022
Only about 2 weeks to go until our new station in Bremen officially opens and we are counting down the days. Nayaks station in Bremen will mainly be supporting a well-known local carrier and comes as the 12th station in Germany. Nayak is currently present at all major airports in Germany where we support our clients with line maintenance and AOG support as well as special services on request such as boroscopes, sheet metal and structure repairs, NDT inspections and engine washes. C-checks and other base maintenance is currently performed at our Hangar in Dusseldorf.
Congratulations to the team from WestJet for their first flight from Rome(FCO) this past weekend!
12 May 2022
We are excited to celebrate this milestone with our Canadian-based clients from WestJet for their new thrice weekly, seasonal route from Rome to Calgary! Planning for this new route has been underway for about 3 years and this additional destination in Rome will be Westjets 8th destination in Europe. WestJet currently connects directly to Rome, Paris, Dublin and both London Heathrow and Gatwick from their Calgary hub and additionally offer connections to Barcelona, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, Dublin and Gatwick through Toronto or Halifax. WestJets growth in terms of destinations is not surprising as they have received a number of awards in the past including Best airline in Canada and Travellors choice awards in addition to being voted world’s safest airline for multiple years in a row. Currently flying their modern fleet of 787-9 Dreamliners to more then 150 destinations in over 30 countries, we are sure they will keep growing. Congratulations WestJet! We love where you’re going!
Nayak Team in Focus: Today we spoke with Henkjan ter Horst, a B1 engineer from Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
9 May 2022
Henkjan has been working for over 25 years as an engineer and much like Jeroen Keesom whom we mentioned in our last team interview, he has returned to Nayak recently. Henkjan had taken a job as a Ground Engineer for B787 types with a well- known national carrier and then, after only 1 month into his new contract, the first Corona cases started occurring. Colleagues started calling in sick and there were less people on the floor. He, himself also got infected only weeks later. Shortly after this he was told that he was being let go as a company-wide downsizing due to the Corona Pandemic.
Shortly after this, still reeling from the shock, he reached out to the management of Nayak to discuss the possibility of coming back.
Unlike many aircraft related companies who had to let employees go due to the Corona Pandemic, Nayak has never performed any Corona related lay-offs, instead choosing to make small company-wide pay cuts for a short time to ensure that they could still offer their employees the support and assurance of their job in these uncertain times. Henkjan as well, was offered the opportunity to come back to Nayak a few months later which he happily accepted.
Henkjan is now back “ in the old nest” and couldn’t be happier. He says that the things he likes best about Nayak are the projects, the professional working environment and the friendly colleagues. Says Henkjan
“ I think positively about my future at Nayak, all around me I see us opening new stations in Europe and old colleagues that are returning. Maybe there will be even more in the future…”
Thanks to Henkjan for the interview!
Support and efficiency when you need it most? Nayak is at your side.
5 May 2022
For the last 48 years, Nayak has offered quick and efficient support at stations throughout Europe and this past weekend has not been any different. After Schiphol airport in Amsterdam called on airlines to scrap flights in order to prevent large crowds, some airlines are now moving their flights, whether it be for the short-term or long-term, to RTM airport. Nayak naturally wants to support our clients and colleagues in this regard and has confirmed that if any of its clients have to perform flights from RTM due to what is happening at Schiphol, our team will perform the same checks and support that they would do at AMS . By doing this Nayak is making sure that you stay airborne and have one less worry. Whatever happens, rest assured that Nayak will be at your side. Here we are.
Nayak supports green initiatives!
28 April 2022
Recently, Nayak received the Clean Advantage Certificate by Fleetcor which demonstrates that we have saved almost 50 000kg of carbon emissions in 2021 alone. The Clean advantage project was created to help reduce carbon emissions by offsetting the emissions that are created from the total of every tank of fuel Nayak purchases, to sustainable projects such as green alternative energy and the planting of trees. With this environmental protection fee, we reduce Co2 emissions while still supporting our clients fleets.
Nayak believes that we should each do our part in protecting our world and will continue to work hard in this regard in 2022!
Innovative new AI process created by Nayak team member!
25 April 2022
At Nayak we support team members new ideas and know that the best people to develop new workflow processes and concepts, are often those who work directly with them every day. Federico Franco (pictured) of Nayak in Barcelona, developed a workflow which uses AI to optimize the technical recording, converting handwritten or printed text included in technical records (such as a technical logbook or AMOS workorders) into machine-encoded text to be used. This AI workflow uses the OCR technology to recognize a specific text in a document and this information is used to automatically rename the file and upload it to a cloud space shared with our largest client in Barcelona.
This project, which was started on the 1st of February, has already gained Nayak more than 600 hours of saved labor. The estimation is made evaluating the seconds gained per document due to fact that several manual steps are avoided. In addition to this, the workflow helps to massively reduce the error margin: any manual typing has been removed and the MCC only needs to press a button on the printer selecting what kind of document they want to scan. All the documents scanned within this workflow are then tracked and all the data is linked to a Microsoft Power BI report, which shows the number of documents scanned and related scanning time.
Nayak is proud to have team members like Federico who are thinking ahead for ways to optimize the workflow so that everybody can work faster and smarter.
Summer is coming! Time to get ready!
19 April 2022
Summer, and with it the aviation industries most busy season, is around the corner. All signs indicate that the coming season will be a “return to normal”, as many thousands of eager travelers finally take to the skies again to reach their dream destinations. As the temperatures get warmer, it is important to make sure that your aircraft are ready. This can include engine cleaning and C-checks. Proper maintenance and upkeep is incredibly important so don’t put it off and schedule a cleaning or check with us today. Nayak will make sure your aircraft is airworthy, Summer, Winter, sunshine or snow!
Flights on the increase!
11 April 2022
The summer season has started and we are excited to see the increase in activity! For example two of our long term customers gaining new routes or several others with upgrades in their flight capacity by new aircraft types!
April couldn’t be looking better: our customer who is well known in the German low-cost market, flew their first A320 from their new base Stockholm, Arlanda airport, supported by Nayak’s local team. Much like another one of our clients, who recently flew their first B757 flight from their new base in Istanbul. These new base operations have really proven to be a gateway to a wide array of new destinations and possibilities for their clients and we are happy to support our customers in the network. Besides new operations we see routes being increased in capacity, for example by our well known Nordic client flying into Amsterdam with a majestic A350. We strive to be wherever our clients need us and have even opened new stations to meet client demands. We stand behind our motto: Here we are.
We are delighted to see the increase in aviation market again and wish everybody a good summer season!
Next generation of the Nayak family is already dreaming big!
4 April 2022
At Nayak we don’t just work together but also share big moments together like a family: for instance the birth of a new member! We are always proud to welcome our youngest and newest family members with a specially designed Nayak romper. It makes us incredibly proud to see our family, friends and even close partners showing the Nayak brand on their newborns in these special rompers, hoping to have a nice future career in aviation. We strongly believe that even though the newborns are not even a year old, they are already dreaming of their future working in the field of aviation just like all of us. Paul Hochberger, we wish you and your family lots of happiness and enjoyable moments!
Nayak Team in focus: today we had a chat with Jeroen Keesom, Amos coordinator and aircraft maintenance engineer for Nayak in Amsterdam.
24 March 2022
Jeroen has recently returned to Nayak! After working at Nayak for 10 years, he left to develop his skills as a software engineer , extend his knowledge on CAMO activities, aircraft data transfer and Amos (swiss-as) software implementations. After several years of working with this company he moved on to further specialize in software development and interface building outside of aviation. However, as time went by in his new job, he realized something was missing! The world of aviation!
“I’m an aviation enthusiastic! Even more then I thought. I could not live without aircraft around me.”
This heralded his return to Nayak. He had visited Nayak a few times in his years of absence and noticed that the atmosphere was still good. People were happy in their work and he longed to be part of the team again. Nayak could see the value in his work as a multi-disciplined employee and Jeroen saw the benefit of working for a company that supported his aspirations and interests. For instance, he loves working on the A320/A330 series of which Nayak is one of the biggest maintenance providers. Additionally, he was able to resume work on a piece of software he had created in Nayak several years ago called “platcop– PLATform COordination Program”.
Now he is back and couldn’t be happier, he says himself that
“I like the most, the diversity of work you can have in single period of time, the opportunities they give me to develop my ideas and the many opportunities I see in the future which can be created or enhanced within processes and software in which I can play a big role with my knowledge and skill set.”
At Nayak he is able to do what he loves, work with AMOS and create new software but at the same time, keep himself current in the field of aviation maintenance. It’s the best of both worlds for Jeroen and he is glad to be back home at Nayak.
Thanks to Jeroen for the interview!
Nayak provides assistance on repatriation flights!
21 March 2022
With the current situation in the Ukraine, several travelers have found themselves stranded in Poland without means to get home. Repatriation flights were thus created for non-standard flying routes to enable people to return to their home countries. Nayak has assisted on several of these flights flying to and from Warsaw to make sure everybody is able to get home. Flight destinations include Israel, Dubai, Vietnam, and China. In the first two weeks of March, Nayak has provided both on-call services, flying spanner capabilities and general AOG services such as transit checks. We wish all our clients a safe journey home!
Women in aviation part 2
10 March 2022
At the beginning of the week, we celebrated Women in aviation week with two ladies who work directly on the aircraft and today we spoke to two women who play important organisational roles landside. Verónica Lara Salamanca is the Quality Manager at Nayak L.M Spain and Alessandra Conti is the Hr director for the South of Europe.
As the Quality manager, Veronica works with both men and women at Barcelona airport and says that being a woman in aviation can be a daily challenge, but it is also a continuous improving opportunity. Being a professional in this industry comes with great responsibility but she has also experienced many moments of pride and joy. One of these was the recent achievement of the EASA Part 145 approval for Nayak LM in Spain in August of 2021.
Veronica sees the future for women in aviation as bright. “We are strong, intelligent and hard workers. Keep fighting for your dreams. Don’t give up. It. It is not easy, but it is possible. Be confident. It feels so good to become the woman you want to be.”
Alessandra has been working at Nayak and the aviation maintenance sector for about 17 years now. She feels that to be a woman in the aeronautical world these days means “ to be a determined person, prone to challenges in a highly qualified and developing sector, featured by fast changes and massive possibilities.” She is proud to be a woman working in this field but also adds that the aeronautical maintenance sector is currently still predominantly made up of men. She attributes this to the fact that aviation maintenance is not known by or advertised to women and the way in which the specific features characterising the work are presented.
However she is also happy to say that she has seen an increasing interest of women for this sector “ The ones who decided to hold a technical position are as successful as men and, most of the time, they reach brilliant results. I am strongly proud of the skills, talents and competences of all the female employees in Nayak .I think that the first important steps have already been done. Surely there is still much to do [but I] strongly consider that the presence of women with their sensitiveness, a different approach to tackle situations and, a different eye on the world, is the thing which can make the difference in the aviation field as in many other sectors.”
Nayak celebrates women in aviation
7 March 2022
Nayak is incredibly proud of its women and would like to celebrate them, especially during this week which marks the start of International Women in Aviation week. Today we share the stories of Asuncion, working at our station in Toulouse, France and Ana Rey from our station in Barcelona Spain.
Asuncion, is a Maintenance engineer with a certification for the Airbus A320 family with CFM56 and V2500 engines. She has been working at Nayak since 2019 and often works under high pressure, in all weather conditions, both day and night shifts to ensure that problems are resolved, and delays are avoided. While working at Blagnac Airport in Toulouse she is one of 9 engineers and 2 mechanics, but unfortunately the only woman. Although she feels that her team are always kind and helpful, she also feels that it would be great if there were more women in the aviation industry. In her opinion more steps are needed, since existing and coexisting are the two great obstacles that women Certifiers have in Line Maintenance. “There has been a progression of women in this sector, but there are very few of us and we tend to be something “rare” or “flashy”.”
“We need more women here and not only as an Engineers, but also as Team Leaders”
Inequalities exist all over in the world and there is progress, but a lot still has to be done. Sometimes men don’t see the advantages that they have. Women and young girls needs to see themselves more reflected and identified in the industry so we need more visibility for women in aviation.
Ana Rey is also a Maintenance engineer, stationed in Barcelona with a certification in A320 Cfm56, V2500 , PW1100G and B737 Ng.
“To be a woman in aviation, for me, it is the best job in the world. If you like it and it’s your dream, you will never work again because your job will be your hobby throughout your life”.
Her admiration and passion for the aviation world began when she was a child and she was inspired by her favorite book “The little prince”. She is proud to be a woman in aviation but agrees with Asuncion that we have a long way to go. Although women in aviation are growing, statistics show that only 2% of aviation mechanics, 5% of the world’s commercial pilots and 13% of aerospace engineers are women. Many speak of bad experiences in the industry such as being judged, ignored or spoken over. The industry needs to become more welcoming to females. Those in power need to realize that diversity in gender will truly lead to better outcomes for everybody. We need more women pilots and aircraft engineers to be role models who further inspire others to take up the role.
Ana summarizes her position with the following message to women in aviation “Don’t be put off by being the only woman in the room. If you have the skills, ability, drive, and determination to go after whatever role it is you want, and believe in yourself, you will get there anyway.
Congratulations to our successful Nayak examinees!
3 March 2022
This week several Nayak team members completed their practical Boeing 757 B1 and B2 type courses in Amsterdam after a week of theoretical exams. We are proud to say the average scores were above 85% and no re-examinations were required!
The B757 course training started at the beginning of January. After 7 weeks of theoretical training, our team completed a week of theoretical exams as well as 10 days of practical training and application on an aircraft in AMS. For both B1 and B2 types, Rolls Royce RB211 and Pratt & Whitney PW2000 were used.
Staff from 5 of our Stations( AMS, CGN, GDN, PRG and HAJ) were present and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements. The results truly show their dedication to their work and the pride they take in doing it well.
Keep safe from storms with Nayak!
21 February 2022
This week, parts of Europe have been hit with not one, but three different storms, reaching up to 145km/h as measured in some areas of Europe. Strong storms such as these can cause a possible threat to your aircraft so our Nayak team has taken the initiative to integrate storm-safety measures as well as our usual maintenance. This includes: Parking aircraft into the wind, performing various inspections e.g. for hard landings, flap overspeed, placing ballast onboard empty cargo aircraft and mooring aircraft to ballast to avoid movement. Our engineers have numerous licenses, trainings and knowledge based on years of experience that allows them to make sure that you will be able to take your next flight with the sure knowledge that you and your crew are safe. If you have any questions or requests about our services, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com . Stay safe, stay reassured; because Here we are.
Nayak team in focus: this week we got to sit down with a member of our Sales team, Matteo Picchio.
10 February 2022
Matteo has been part of the sales team for just over a year and describes himself as a “ new experiences enthusiast” . He loves meeting new people and his easy-going nature as well as his love of aviation, make a job in sales a natural choice. He started his career by studying aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano and followed this with a Master of Science from Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile in France. Although his studies were often challenging, the aviation world was one that always spoke to him and he can not imagine working in another sector. Before joining Nayak, he worked for Airbus in Toulouse as a PMO for the A350 program. He values this experience because of the opportunity to see the A/C production site and to work in a big company.
Currently, Matteo works as a Business developer and contract officer at Nayak. This means that he develops key accounts by finding new business, maintaining customer relationships and drafting agreements under the IATA SGHA format. He also performs some tasks for the financial department. Matteo chose to join Nayak because he sees it as the best fit and that the position held the potential for great growth. His personal motto is one that is written on the Amerigo Vespucci, the tallest ship of the Italian Navy: “non chi comincia ma quel che persevera” (not those who begin but those who persevere). The meaning is clear
“ in work as in life the key to reach the target is the commitment. Nayak is a company where the commitment to customer is the core value.”
Matteo says that what he likes best about working at Nayak is that the answer “no” to a customer request is never considered. Even if there are constraints and difficulties, Nayak always tries to find a feasible solution for both parties. This mind set allows us to provide flexible, fast, high quality and tailored services. This guarantees that we won’t let our customer down. For an important customer we were thus able to find a solution, sign a contract and start the support in only one week. The support was made possible thanks to the perfect internal coordination and customer focused mindset.
Thank you to Matteo for the interview!
Nayak takes steps to optimize and simplify its quality standards and procedures by moving to a consolidate its separate approvals into a single EASA approval!
7 February 2022
Nobody can argue that 2020 and 2021 were tough years for our industry. However, they have also given the team at Nayak the opportunity to focus in on what really matters in terms of our service to our clients and how we can optimize our business model to fit these needs. We realized that moving from operating under 3 stand-alone EASA Part 145 approvals, the DE.145.0071, NL.145.1306 and IT.145.0391 to a single EASA approval would benefit many processes for our clients. Through the consolidation, we have internal benefits that enable us to make our services available in a more flexible and faster way. For our customers, we deliver cost and service advantages by bringing a single approval to audit, centralized procedure training and a better exchange of staff. Our high standard of quality stays the same; but our processes become simpler, quicker and more efficient!
With this target in mind, 2021 has seen Nayak harmonizing their MOE’s to ensure a smooth transition and now, as of February 2022, Nayak has made the first steps to officially working under one group approval DE.145.0124! A new approval number but with the same team and service that you can rely on.
Did you know that our AOG Rescue team is ready 24/7, 365 days a year to be dispatched to all airports within Europe to help you in only 3 hours call out time?
1 February 2022
With our extensive station network, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, our AOG Rescue team will be dispatched from one of our main stations to be at your side as quickly as possible. Via our main bases in Europe; from Amsterdam (AMS), Barcelona (BCN), Dusseldorf (DUS), Hamburg (HAM), Paris (CDG and ORY), Malpensa (MXP) and Rome (FCO) we have access to EASA certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Coordinators, Procurement and Logistic specialists who will help you to get your aircraft back in the air.
Our AOG support can be adjusted to your needs and includes the following:
AOG Recovery and damage assessment;
Logistic arrangement and parts sourcing;
Need help? Then don’t hesitate to contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or via +49 (0) 211 5424 65 51
Nayak team in focus: This week we got to sit down with Barcelona’s Stations manager Enric Negre.
27 January 2022
Enric was always enthusiastic about the aviation world and this led him to gaining his aircraft engineers license at only 21. His aviation career has spanned many different jobs including a B1 technician, tech rep MCC and finally base manager ( previously with Norwegian and now with Nayak). Looking back Enric is especially excited to be working with a team that supports the Vueling fleet as this was one of the first companies he worked for as a B1 engineer almost 15 years ago.
“ We are going to get it! Just keep going!”
Enric is particularly proud that Nayak has given him the trust to carry out his current role. This has also given him the confidence to build up a team of great employees for the Yellow Technic (by Nayak) project. This innovative part 145 venture has seen engineers from many different nationalities coming together with the same goal of maintenance and high-quality service to serve Vuelings fleet in Barcelona. Enric knows he can rely on his team as they are not just employees to him but colleagues and friends. He looks forward to getting his teams feedback because he knows that the best results are achieved by working together. Thanks for your hard work Enric!
Nayak is proud to announce that our station in Palma de Mallorca (PMI) is now open!
24 January 2022
Nayak is constantly growing and looking for new opportunities to offer our trusted services to clients. This past week we were able to add another station to that list in Spain on the island of Palma de Mallorca! We are very excited to start working at this new location and for March of 2022, when another station will be added in Gdansk (GDN), Poland. Nayak is currently expanding and one of our strongest points is that we are so flexible to meet our clients needs. If you want to fly to a new location in Europe where we are not yet situated, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team (email@example.com) to discuss the possibility of us opening a station at that location to assist your fleet. Nayak prides itself on a customer first approach: if you’re flying, then Here we are!
Nayak and MTU Aero Engines services collaborate to offer optimized service range.
20 January 2022
Nayak is proud to announce that as of January, we will be collaborating with MTU Maintenance services, global leader in customized aero engine solutions, to offer a wider range of services to all our clients. From now on, Nayak will, via MTU Maintenance, be able to offer its clients more extensive engine services in addition to their normal line and base maintenance services. MTU Maintenance on the other hand, will benefit from a combination of their own on-site engine services and Nayaks decades of experience offering aircraft base and line maintenance.
We look forward to many years of working together as well as the opportunity to offer our clients an extended and diverse range of services that will be sure to meet their needs in terms of flexibility, up-to date knowledge as well as safety.
Did you know that Nayak has a 24/7 Maintenance Control Center as part of their CAMO services?
17 January 2022
Located at AMS, BCN, DUS and MXP, Nayak provides EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization Subcontracted services. Our Maintenance Control Centre with 24/7 availability is consisting of: technical specialists, maintenance planning specialists and procurement and logistics specialists. The services contain technical and engineering support, short and long term maintenance planning, part and logistics management and IT control using our ERP system AMOS. The Nayak Maintenance Control Center is staffed with CAMO trained planners and EASA certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians to guarantee we have extensive and relevant knowledge at hand, to support our clients’ needs immediately.
Its training time at Nayak!
13 January 2022
From the 3rd of Jan, 15 members of our team will be taking part in a 757 and 767 training!
This training, offered exclusively to our Nayak team, will include an online training of about a month and a practical training and exam period of about 2 weeks. Practical exams will be completed in Amsterdam and Barcelona. These trainings and many others are just another way that Nayak keeps its team up to date on the newest technology and safety procedures. We offer an extensive amount of trainings throughout the year so that our clients can be assured of service that is not only efficient and thorough but also reliable and up to date
Nayak team in focus: Haluk Sekeroz, current Stations Manager at IST (Istanbul).
10 January 2022
This week we got to sit down with Haluk and get to know him better!
Haluk has been with Nayak for almost 6 years now and started his aviation career in 1982. He has worked as an FAA and EASA Part-66 licensed B1 engineer in almost all aircraft types at TWA, British Airways and Swiss, respectively. In 2016, he joined Nayak and has been at the station in Istanbul right from the beginning when it opened. He is particularly happy when he looks back on all the very positive feedback from our customers during the opening process and in the following days. Currently Haluk runs Nayak-IST with the help of 6 other employees and Haluk says he is happy that the people he works with are of such high quality and standards.
“ Success belongs to all station employees and everyone has a big share in this. I want to thank all my colleagues for their effort.”
To Haluk, team work is incredibly important. Achievements are all about the team effort and if one link in the chain causes a disruption, it destroys the efforts of the whole team. The only place where “SUCCESS” comes before “WORK” is in the dictionary!
In order for companies to survive, they need well-trained, highly-qualified and constantly developing, high-standard manpower. In this regard, Haluk is very happy and proud to be working for Nayak as he sees these qualities in his colleagues. He strongly believes that Nayak will grow even more in the future and continue to be number one in terms of quality, flexibility and service in our sector.
“ We are here and we will always be here”.
Thank you very much to Haluk Sekeroz for the great Interview. In his name and in our own, we wish the year 2022 to bring great operational and commercial success to the Nayak family.
Check out Nayaks simulator!
6 January 2022
At Nayak, it‘s important that our technicians and mechanics not only have theoretical knowledge of how everything works, but can also test how the different functions of the aircraft work in our simulator.
Our state of the art simulator recently traveled from our offices in Dusseldorf to Barcelona, where it was used for a 5 week RunUp training. At the end of the training period, we were proud to award 50 employees with a new certificate after they had successfully completed various tasks and exercises on the simulator. At Nayak it is important for us that our staff receives a wide range of trainings that keep their knowledge up to date and enables them to work both efficiently and safely at all times.
Nayak highlights 2021!
29 December 2021
The year is coming to a close and what a year it has been!✨
2021 has seen many aircraft back in the skies and has been a year of growth and teamwork. Our personal highlights include:
-Our new Joint Venture setup at BCN airport
-Seeing all our friends, partners and clients again at numerous conferences
-Adding A220 to our capabilities
-Re-opening the station at Frankfurt, thereby making us present at every major airport in Germany
We’ve got many exciting projects upcoming in 2022 and can’t wait to share the news with you! We wish everybody an amazing coming year! Thank you for all support and trust in Nayak in 2021, we will see you soon in 2022!
Your Nayak Team
Nayak Team in Focus: an interview with Jeroen Oosting
17 December 2021
This week we sat down with Jeroen Oosting, a Nayak maintenance engineer B1/B2 stationed in Amsterdam.
Jeroen has been with Nayak since his early days. Freshly out of school, he started as a trainee with Nayak in 2004. After he was hired in 2005 as a mechanic, he was promoted to a cat A mechanic in 2007 and became a mechanic on his first aircraft type( the Embraer 170/190) in 2009. Looking back, Jeroen says that the main reason why he did his traineeship at Nayak is because of the variation in different types of aircraft Nayak was handling at that time. Now 17 years later this is the exact reason why he is still working at Nayak. He really enjoys that every few years, he gets to work on a new plane. At the start of his career, he worked on Airbus A320’s (MartinAir) and Fokker 50’s (KLM cityhopper) .This changed to Fokker 70’s and 100’s (KLM cityhopper) and a couple of years later he worked on Embraer’s 170 and 190 (KLM cityhopper). In 2013 Nayak was able to join the Boeing 787 goldcare program for which he worked in many countries in Scandinavia and in the USA. After 2015 he supported several Nayak outstations for a couple of years at the airports of Frankfurt, Istanbul and Warsaw. Since 2018 he is back at his home base Schiphol AMS. On regular days he works on the aircraft types like 737’s (NG / MAX), 787’s, A300’s and Embraer 170/190’s of several operators. From the passengers to freight operations which Nayak handles daily in AMS.
Jeroen says that what he likes best about working at Nayak is the large amount of customers and aircraft types that keep his work interesting. The organizational structure in Nayak is logical and not complicated. Everyone knows each other and are all easy to approach throughout the whole company. If you want to give your input about various processes or you have a good idea, there is always someone willing to listen to it.
“Working in a small team, where we can all make the difference for all our customers day by day, is keeping myself motivated to solve all the challenges we are seeing every day.”
While Jeroens list of accomplishments is already very impressive, he has also taken up the role of internship coordinator since 2019! This is to support Nayaks new mechanics in aviation. Once a year he visits several aircraft maintenance schools in the Netherlands. During these visits he gives a presentation about Nayak and what our work contains on a daily basis. After this presentation he’ll try to start up a conversation in the classroom with the students. They can ask him anything related to his work. To finish things off he also likes to leave them with some questions for them to think about in terms of their future in the aircraft maintenance business.
If a trainee is interested in an internship within Nayak, they can send him their curriculum vitae and a motivational letter. If the student is a match to our profile they will conduct a job interview with the student, after which the student can get an offer to become a trainee at Nayak. After becoming a trainee, he does a short introduction with them and then the trainee will be assigned to an engineer for a particular time period. During this time she or he will see and learn all the skills required to become a mechanic. At the moment we have 2 employees working at Nayak who did our internship period with us in the last 3 years. One has already become an aircraft maintenance engineer this year. The other mechanic just started with Nayak again after the employee hiring stop from March 2020 to autumn 2021.
“ I am so happy that these young guys can get an opportunity to start their career and try to fulfill their dream and ambition to become an aircraft maintenance engineer.”
The goal for the coming years is that we are hiring more trainees to educate them within Nayak as their last part of their school career and try to keep them in the company as we did many years ago.
Jeroen says that he hopes they can motive more young people to work in the aviation maintenance business. It’s a dynamic world where no day is the same as the previous one. He says that we are seeing more students choosing a different route of education and job carrier. They are no longer willing to work in shifts or with their hands. When he left school in 2004, 3 or 4 classes full of potential maintenance engineers where finishing in the Dutch aviation schools. These days, also with the part exams (extra exams) in place, we are happy if a hand full of young guys finish our aircraft maintenance schools. They are our future to keep the aircrafts safe in the skies. The average age of an engineer is rising in the Netherlands. Time to change this and let young people know how exciting and challenging our work is every day.
Time-lapse pylon replacement in DUS
13 December 2021
Just another day in our DUS hangar✈️ Check out this cool time-lapse of a LH pylon replacement on an Airbus A320, performed on a regular basis in our Hangar in Dusseldorf.
Our team in the hangar of Dusseldorf is very experienced in short term projects, like Gear Changes, Engine Changes or Pylon Replacements like shown in the video. Regular maintenance and checkups are very important when it comes to keeping your aircraft gear safe and running well and our engineers are always up-to-date when it comes to the newest regulations and procedures. Currently, Nayak performs base maintenance and line maintenance at 47 Stations in Europe and growing!
In operation 24/7, customer oriented, service minded and flexible to provide maintenance solutions, in Base Maintenance too!
Qantas back in Europe!
10 December 2021
Recently we have seen Qantas back in Europe at our IST, Istanbul station. We took the opportunity to talk about how they have experienced Nayaks service till now.
As a Qantas representative, we first met Stephen Robinson, currently Manager Customer Relations & Ground Handling Contracts, at the IATP conference back in 2011. Initially, the main reason for recently considering Nayak was its presence at one of the locations Qantas was flying to but what really made them choose Nayak was the positive interactions he had had with current and former employees at Nayak. This really confirmed the knowledge with him, that Nayak would be able to support Qantas in the way they expected.
Recently, Qantas found itself doing several repatriation charter flights via Istanbul because of the Covid situation and their confidence in Nayak was confirmed by the excellent communication with stations manager Haluk Sekeroz as well as feedback from their traveling engineers that were supported by Nayak. One of the things Qantas has valued most about working with Nayak is the level of comms. Across the board, everybody from Nayak they have dealt with: from the managing director to the stations manager, the accounts people and all the way down to the personnel that work on their planes. The feedback at the station in Istanbul even surprised him as it was the only location in which their engineers offered unsolicited, positive feedback about the support they had received.
We are honored to serve Qantas for the first time after all these years of positive talks and good intentions. We are proud that we can be part of a company that has been prioritizing their clients, as well as aircraft safety, for over 100 years. May we have many more years of working together and may you have many blue skies in your future!
Thank you for Stephen Robinson for the interview.
Prepare for Winter with Nayak!
6 December 2021
It’s Winter time and that means it’s time to call Nayak to help out with all bad weather conditions preparations for your aircraft!
Aircraft performance can be impacted by frost, snow and ice so it’s important to perform the correct maintenance checks and actions. Did you know that 1cm of ice on your plane wing can already affect the performance of your aircraft? On a B777 this means an additional 4000kg which can mean a drag increase, weight increase, lesson of a lift and a decrease in available extra thrust. Ice can also build up on fan blades, engine probes and engine inlets which decreases efficiency, can cause severe vibrations and can lead to incorrect indications. But not only snow and ice can be a danger. Other cold weather conditions to watch out for include active frost, freezing fog, hail, ice pellets, slush and freezing drizzle and rain.
Nayak offers a comprehensive range of services to combat cold weather conditions. This includes manual de-icing and hot air de-icing and we take special care with “no spray” areas to avoid contamination. We also offer a clear ice check on the wings and offer an awareness training in this regard. We know that all our clients value our quick and accurate service and the knowledge that Nayak will ensure their safety on their next flight this Winter
Nayak Team in Focus: an interview with Ana Rey
26 November 2021
This week we had the chance to sit down and talk with Ana Rey. Ana recently joined Yellow Technic by Nayak and is already seen as a valued member of the team. As of September, Ana is working as a B1 Aircraft maintenance engineer in Barcelona. Her job responsibilities mainly include carrying out line maintenance and scheduled overnight maintenance work on Vuelings fleet of A320 family aircraft. She is very excited for her new role as she sees it as a great step forward in developing her career with such a well-established company.
Ana has always had a love for aviation and has now been working for just over 14 years in the industry as an aircraft maintenance engineer. Starting in 2008 with the Turboprop Metro Fairchild in Top Fly and following it soon after with the ATR 52/ATR72 in Binter Technic, she has had the opportunity of working with several different MRO organizations that support the Airbus and Boeing family around Europe. Within the last 3 years she has worked in Italy, France, Germany and the UK with well-known companies such as Norwegian, TUI, Ryanair and Transavia and boasts an impressive list of endorsements on her license that include A320, CFM56,V2500,PW1100G and B737NG type ratings.
I asked Ana how she felt working in an industry which is generally so male-dominated and she answered directly that she is proud of the work she does. Not just because of what she does but because her work is who she is. Being an engineer is not just who she is as a woman but who she is as a person. It is what she is most passionate about and what gives her the most enjoyment. Aircraft have always been her friends throughout her life. She speaks their language and they in turn speak with her. Nothing can change that and she is proud that she has been allowed to be herself as a woman.
“ As long as I can swing a wrench I will never stop fighting for equality in my line of work”
Ana says that although she has had some negative experiences with mens behaviour towards her in past jobs, she has been met with a level of acceptance in her current workplace that, many years ago, she feared would be impossible. She admits that she truly respects those that have showed her kindness and understanding and that she is a lucky to have found a position at Yellow Technic which already feels like home.
When asked about what she has liked best so far at Nayak, she says that it has been working on the engines. She was also incredibly excited to complete the A320 PW1100G differences course from CEO that Nayak offers. She loves learning about new planes and feels like a child in a candy store when she gets to work on a new one. She has also appreciated the teamwork that everybody puts in, the maintenance execution in general as well as the professional approach that Yellow Technic staff take to their work.
Finally I asked Ana if she had any advice for others and she said that it is most important to stay yourself. Even if you feel like a girl in a mens world or if others try to tell you your place, don’t be afraid. Don’t let others make you feel small when you show your talent and energy. Don’t wait to be told your place. Take it. Don’t wait for people to find you. Find them in your work, love and life. And to those who are just starting out: don’t be afraid to try something new and use every opportunity you will get on the way. Don’t be discouraged to say you have never done something before; everybody has a beginning. Believe in yourself and persevere and face your fears. Believe in yourself and the knowledge that there is something greater inside you than any obstacle!
“ I want to thank everybody that has believed in me”
Thank you so much to Ana for this great interview and we wish you all of the best for your future at Yellow Technic!
Yellow technic celebrates together!
17 November 2021
Yesterday, Yellow technic by Nayak celebrated in Barcelona with inspirational talks, delicious food, goodie bags and an exciting raffle with big prizes. Since Yellow technic has grown exponentially in the last few months since its inception, the team took the opportunity to come together and share in our successes and everything we have achieved.
Yellow technic has gone from strength to strength. Becoming a reliable team that works safely and accurately but also with a family atmosphere. We value the hard-work that our team has put in while working together; everybody from the certified engineers, office staff and of course our management. We know that more good things are to come and that we will continue to grow strong as a team.
New A220 approval
15 November 2021
After our previous post about our A220 trainings, we are now proud to announce we have our A220 approval certificate!
Nayak has officially received the approval to perform services and maintenance on the Airbus A220. Last month we reported how our team had completed an A220 training after the theoretical learning and practical training were completed. The requested approval update is granted by the LBA and we are proud to announce that we will be supporting A220 at several different locations soon. To start off our team will be supporting A220’s at BER airport. More stations will follow like MUC and HAM and many other airports are in our future planning. Being able to perform maintenance service on the A220 is just another way that Nayak is working hard to provide a service that is not only up to date with the newest technology but also offers a wide array of services to our clients, whatever and wherever they may need it.
Houston …no problem in BCN!
8 November 2021
Welcome to the control room! In Barcelona, Yellow Technic by Nayak works hard every day to make sure all Vuelings aircraft are well maintained. The process is managed and monitored from The Control Room. This is a special room equipped with state of the art technologies to receive the information, address actions, check status and updates from the customer. Behind monitors and wide screens our MCC guys work hard to make sure everything is working properly.
The MCC control room is very powerful since it allows the team to answer and manage an AOG situation in the shortest time possible, sending the info directly to the right people. Everything in the process is automated to process information optimally: a process and design that that was optimized by our Project Manager for Developments and innovation Federico Franco ( see image). Thank you for your hard work Federico!
27 October 2021
Recently an Airbus A320 with CFM-56 engines suffered a birdstrike and Nayak was called in to help out. While flying through a flock of birds, this Airbus was hit by no less then 16 seagulls, several birds even going right through the engine and causing high vibrations. The team immediately returned to base to get things checked out.
Initial damage by the local team showed damaged fanblades, acoustic lining and outlet guide vanes. As birds had gone through the engine a boroscope was necessary. Nayak stepped in to perform an intensive boroscope of the booster, high pressure compressor stage 1-4-8 and combustion chamber. A DFDR download was also completed for analysis by Airbus. No internal engine damage was found however there was some damage to multiple fanblades and these were removed and replaced. Final repairs were then done at home base by our local Nayak team
We want to thank everybody we could meet up with at this years IATP and MRO: Europe conference!
25 October 2021
It was really great to be able to chat with old friends and new clients about solutions that could be tailored for their individual aviation needs. We are always ready for a new challenge and thoroughly enjoy coming up with new ideas for solving complex complaints that our clients may have. This flexibility and ability to solve big AOG’s is one of many reasons why we have been trusted in the aviation industry for over 45 years and we look forward to serving you for many years in the future! If you also want to get in contact with us about providing a solution for your MRO needs, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know? Nayak offers flying spanner capabilities!
11 October 2021
This means that last-minute fliers and those who need a licensed mechanic at their destination airport won’t have to worry!
Nayak offers a flying spanner service that provides maintenance service worldwide upon request. No matter where you are going and what your maintenance needs, we have many experienced engineers within our staff that will fly with you and thereby secure a safe flight home! Our engineers fly with a toolbox that is fully equipped and any other tools upon requirement.
If you have any questions or would like to request our flying spanner services you can contact our team at: email@example.com
We are proud to announce that as of the 4th of October, Nayak is offering full home-based support to commercial airline carrier TUI in Frankfurt.
7 October 2021
TUIs fleet includes up to 12 home based tails (B737 NG and B737 MAX) in Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Over the last month, the Nayak team has been working hard preparing for TUI by recruiting and adding several new and talented staff members to the team so that we are at 100% strength for our start date. We look forward to building our relationship with TUI and hope that our partnership will continue to grow in Frankfurt as well as Stuttgart and Munich.
Time lapse video of landing gear change on Airbus A330-300 at our Nayak DUS hangar.
5 October 2021
Recently our team (in cooperation with SAFRAN) performed a full landing gear replacement on behalf of Aer Lease Cooperation in 6 days ground time.
Check out the shorter highlight reel here
or the extended 8 minute version here:
Congratulations to our Nayak Colleagues for completing an intensive A220 training!
24 September 2021
This training included both theoretical learning as well as practical training on the aircraft. Our engineers are now fully equipped with the knowledge to ensure both safety and the upkeep of the new technology that comes with the A220. The next steps are in progress to obtain the A220 on the company approval. Thank you to all involved!
Nayak Team in Focus: An interview with Tim Claaßen, intern in Duesseldorf, training as an aircraft mechanic.
20 September 2021
In September 2019, Tim Claaßen( 22) , started his apprenticeship at Nayak. After finishing his basic training and his first block at school, he started working at Nayak from February 2020 officially. There he assigned to a training officer to gain experience. Not long after that, Tim responded to a request to become part of the Sheetmetal team, he did this as he had done a fair amount of work on the topic of Sheetmetal, in his group and at the side of his training officer. In March of 2020 he took part in a SRM (Structural Repair Management) course in which he learnt how to deal with structural damages on Boeings and Airbuses. Through this course he was able to gain the knowledge and started helping with structural work in the Nayak hangar.
Currently, due to the pandemic and the associated short-time work, the groups he was in at the beginning of his training have changed. He now works with different people more often and thereby gets to know more people and different tasks. Most of the work they do these days is in the hangar. At the start of the shift the work is distributed, and he works on a task together with another colleague.
What defines working at Nayak for Tim, is most of all the family atmosphere. Many colleagues have known each other for a number of years and are well coordinated as a team. As an intern, Tim is treated well and always finds support when he needs it. Many colleagues are enthusiastic about passing on their knowledge. In particular Tim has come to appreciate the teamwork aspect of working at Nayak: if a problem can not be solved directly, they work together to find a solution. Thanks to the years of experience that his colleagues have, there is always somebody that can help out. Tim notes that another thing he enjoys about his work is the great variety of tasks. He gets to work on several different parts of the aircraft and therefor never gets bored. Even though he has done some tasks many times, there are also work orders that have him work on new areas and he is constantly learning.
As an intern, Tim feels that it is important to gain new experiences every day and to listen well to the information that can be gained from his colleagues. Besides this, he also appreciates the quiet working environment as it is important for errors not to occur due to stress. Additionally, the courses he received as an intern have certainly helped him. He attended several courses with his trainer, during which they learnt theoretical content and then followed this with a trainee workshop in which they could physically do the work. Certain other courses given by Nayak were purely theoretical, but all of them were necessary for his later qualification as a CAT A technician.
We would like to thank Tim for taking the time to take part in this Interview!
Obituary: Onno Van Middelkoop
13 September 2021
This last week, the sad news reached us of our colleague Onno Van Middelkoops passing. Onno passed away on September 8th.
Although Onno became ill and his physical strength declined, his mind stayed bright: a true testament to pure perseverance and willpower, in good times and in bad. Handling aircraft, his passion, Onno continued to perform CRS’es until the very end.
Onno has worked for Nayak Aircraft Service for 5 years, taken over from British Airways. An excellent engineer, an Amsterdammer, an enthusiast and a man who indicated what he thought, both positively and negatively. When Onno was not very pleased, he had his opinion ready, whether you appreciated that or not. He was always calm and did not let himself be fooled. He took ownership and responsibility for his work.
He loved airplanes and Schiphol. A fact that was deeply entwined with his identity. His entire working life on those few square kilometers. He breathed it. He has grown with it and is known for it in the broadest sense.
Onno was truly a striking person that gave color to even the most mundane tasks and he will truly be missed as a member of the Nayak family. We wish Anja, his family, relatives and colleagues all the strength to deal with this great and difficult loss.
Rest in peace Onno,
The Nayak team
We are proud to announce that our German approval EASA certification has now been upgraded with the UK.145.01500. certification!
9 September 2021
With the help of this certificate, we will be able to perform maintenance and safety checks on planes originating from the UK even after the Post-Brexit transition phase. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a grace period till 31-12-22 after which the previous European (EASA DE.145.0124) maintenance approval will no longer be valid. Gaining this certificate means that Nayak’s partners that may have UK based planes can rest easy in the knowledge that we can support them as before with our capable and professional services.
Yesterday marked the official launch of Nayaks joint venture with Vueling, “ Yellow Technic"
2 September 2021
This partnership will have Nayak providing line maintenance and scheduled overnight maintenance to Vueling at its main base in Barcelona and will include Vuelings fleet of A320 planes from the Airbus family. To meet Vuelings needs Yellow Technic will employ about 200 staff. This venture is a completely new way of doing things as it involves the client as a part-owner. It means that through its share in Yellow Technic, Vueling will be able to monitor performance and costs better. It will truly be the birth of a new kind of relationship in which Nayak is not only a supplier to Vueling but also a partner and colleague.
Nayak team in focus: René Hurstjes- volunteer fire-fighter
27 August 2021
Nayak team in focus: René Hurstjes- volunteer fire-fighter
Today, we had the opportunity to sit down with a younger member of the team who not only works as an engineer but as a volunteer firefighter who played a role in the recent rescue efforts during the floods in NRW, Germany. These floods caused massive damages and killed 160 people. Many others were left homeless and it is only through the effort of volunteers like René that a large scale rescue and evacuation effort could be completed.
But who is René Hurstjes? René (26) started his career in training as an aircraft mechanic at Airberlin Technik back in 2011. Completing his training in 2015 he went on to work in the sheet metal repairs shop and then, two years later, switched to working in line maintenance after receiving his CAT-A license. With the bankruptcy of Airberlin Technik , he then made the move to Nayak where he received his B1 license with the first registration of the Dash-8 Q400 in Spring 2020.He currently works as a B1 technician in the Nayak line maintenance performing various A-checks, engine changes and other diverse projects such as gear changes or larger structural work. During all this time he has also been a member of the volunteer Fire brigade in his hometown Duesseldorf. Starting when he was 18, he did a year of basic training and then took part in several courses(on weekends). Besides the general tasks as a firefighter,he also specialized in accidents with CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear) substances and by the age of 21, he was the youngest in the unit to have completed the group leader course. Today he not only supports the CBRN training of other recruits but is also responsible for leading the youth fire fighters (age 10-18).
Floods in Duesseldorf and Erftstadt
“ On Monday, I would have never guessed that my week would develop in this way…”
René was just finishing a course in the town of Ahrweiler on Wednesday, when they recieved news of the floods in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). 2 hours after leaving Ahrweiler, he first saw images of the town he had just left and was shocked to realize that in the place he had been standing only two hours before, everything was underwater and buried in mud. In the mean time he had arrived back in Duesseldorf where the situation was very tense. Several parts oft he city were underwater and dozens of people were trapped in vehicles and underwater. Roughly about 1200 different missions were underway to help people. The one that René remembers most clearly is one that he took over as a group leader. A person had been taken by surprise by the large amounts of water and flooding and had become trapped in their bedroom. Unable to open the door because oft he water pressure, they had ended up drowning. It had been Renés job to pump the water out of this home and retrieve the deceased persons body.
After five days of emptying the basement, rescuing people and transporting sandbags, calm slowly returned to Duesseldorf. 18 hours after leaving the fire station, his pager went off, alerting him to a new emergency in the district of Euskirchen. With 30 men and women they drove out to Steinbachtalsperre in Erftstadt with a large pump. There they had to assist with emptying a dam that was showing threats of cracking under the weight of the floods. A complete break would have resulted in the flooding of the nearby towns and the loss of many lives. Altogether with over 300 people they pumped millions of liters of water, taking 24 hours shifts to achieve the monumental task. After a week, they had pumped off enough water to be able to dismantle the pumps and go back home to Duesseldorf. Up till today, thousands of volunteers are still working in this flood disaster area to help clear and fix things.
Many people ask René how he does it considering his full-time job at Nayak. He explains that he gets special leave for trainings and assignments. If his pager goes off at work( which does happen 3-5 times a year) his colleagues and team lead know whats up and immediately take over his tasks where possible. Of course you do have to weigh up if the emergency is time critical. An oil spill for instance does not have priority but when peoples lives are in danger from a fire or accidents involving dangerous materials he will try to leave immediately when possible. At this point it‘s important to remember that 90% of the fire protection in Germany is carried out by volunteers. This includes everything from a cat stuck in a tree to an actual traffic accident with a 4 person family.
We would like to thank René for this his interview and recommend him for all the great work he does. Thank you for being part of the Nayak family and for showing that your dedication René!
HERE WE ARE! This October the Nayak Team will be present at two conferences!
23 August 2021
The IATP conference in Copenhagen in Denmark and The MRO Europe conference at the RAI in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Have you always wanted to meet the team or do you have questions about our capabilities and how we can help you best? Then come meet us or arrange a meeting!
MRO Europe: 19th-21th of October
Marco Smit Jörg Sauerland
Nayak team in focus: an interview with Alberto Gafo
16 August 2021
Nayak team in focus: an interview With Alberto Gafo
Today we sit down with Nayaks “Yellow Technic” managing director Alberto Gafo. Although he has only been with Nayak for three years now, Alberto has a rich history in the aviation industry. Back in 1996 when he first started his career, he was working for the Spanish Air Force and making a name as an Aircraft engineering mechanic. After that he would go on to work as a helicopter certifying engineer, a license aircraft engineer, a qualified inspector, an MOC supervisor, a maintenance manager and finally a regional manager at Nayak and now the managing director of Nayaks joint venture with Vueling ,” Yellow Technic”. This means that he has worked in the aviation industry for an amazing 25 years now!
Looking back, he smiles as he recalls all the different things he has done.
“ I am learning and growing everyday”
Joining Nayak in 2019, he decided to sign on when he heard that Nayak would be opening their first station in Spain and that they wanted him to become the regional manager. Along with Sergio Sclera he initiated the many tasks associated with this project including the rental of facilities, getting approvals, hiring the first engineers etc. From the moment Nayak assisted their first A320 Easyjet aircraft on the 10th of March, a day that Alberto will never forget, the Spanish operation grew in leaps and bounds in his capable hands, opening a second station in Spain and assisting well-known names such as Delta, Qatar, Kuwait and the BA Citi flyer. One of the greatest challenges that he faced was when Covid hit and they had to close the station in Malaga and lay off many engineers in Barcelona. Yet he took this as an opportunity to search for new opportunities and ventures that Nayak could expand into and that is how the venture with Vueling was born. Now he is the Managing Director of “Yellow Technic”: a cooperation with Vueling that will officially begin on September 1st and includes the maintenance and technical support of Vuelings fleet of A320 narrow-body aircrafts.
When considering what he likes best about working at Nayak he says that it’s the family-feeling. He also really enjoys the fact that all opinions are always taken into consideration and evaluated. Additionally, even on days where you may not personally be doing so well, there are others at Nayak who will lend you a hand and help you out. Finally, his advice to those who are just starting out at Nayak: you may be highly qualified and professional, but everybody has a problem now and then. Don’t be afraid to work on solving that problem together as a team. Using good teamwork, you will be able to solve 100% of the problems that you may face!
Thank you to Alberto Gafo for the great interview!
Nayak prepares for the future with A220 training
12 August 2021
It has been just over 2 weeks since several employees at Nayak started an intensive training course focused on the A220 type. This training is an important part of achieving a “Type Rating” and an integral step in investing for the future of our clients. It ensures that all our mechanics are up to date on a diverse range of safety measures and new technology. Together with our partners we thus pave the way into a future that is both forward thinking and puts the emphasis on knowledge and technical safety. We asked one of the current participants, Jörg Fricke what he thought of the training and he had this to say “I’m very glad to be able to attend this course as you can tell that the teachers are immensely passionate when speaking about the material. Its like I am seeing a completely new side of aircraft maintenance by learning about the newest avionic systems and measures. I really appreciate the fact that Nayak gave us the opportunity to attend such an interesting course.”
We hope that the rest of the training is as enjoyable as the first two weeks! Keep up the hard work guys!
Engine replacement in Barcelona
05 August 2021
Recently the Nayak team spent 8,5 days replacing 6 engines at one of our valued clients in Barcelona. Our talented team consisted of 5 team members (Certifying Engineers B1/C and CAT A). 4 from Nayaks German team in Düsseldorf, as well as 1 from Vienna. They were supported in their efforts by a local liason engineer from the Nayak station in Barcelona.
The scope of their work covered the removal and installation of 6 engines on Airbus A320-214 und A320-216 types. This also included engine forward mount replacement, engine thrust programming and related functional checks. Our hard working team worked tirelessly on the installation and finished 2 days early! Truly the mark of a team that is both efficient and reliable. Well done guys!
41 Years at Nayak, a look back with Alfred Wengler
28 Julyl 2021
About 2 months ago our colleague Alfred Wengler retired after a long and successful career of over 41 years at Nayak. We recently caught up with Alfred to find out how retirement is treating him and to find out a little bit more about him. After all, he has been at Nayak the longest and has had an interesting journey, both in what he has seen and in what he has done.
Alfred started his career in 1972 as an aircraft technician, moving on 4 years later to work at the German Luftwaffe where he worked as a specialist for Phantom F4 Engines on Fighter jets. In 1980 he started working at Nayak in Cologne: at this time there were only 16 employees of what would one day become a company with many hundreds. At Nayak his role was initially that of a technician doing Base maintenance. Later, he would go on to set up and become the lead in running the Engine repair shop. In the next few years, he went on to achieve his Diploma as an aircraft inspector and became the station manager at Stuttgart after Nayak expanded their services into line management in 1989. Soon the line maintenance business started growing and Alfred found himself the Line Maintenance Manager for Germany. But this wouldn’t be the end for Alfred: he grew to become Technical Director and Director of Line Maintenance International (incl. Netherland and Italy). Finally, he achieved the role of President of the Board of Nayak Italy and Manager and managing Director for Nayak Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. Truly an amazing career that many can aspire to!
Alfred has truly seen the ups and the downs and the growth of Nayak over the years. Considering this, I asked Alfred what he had valued most at Nayak and what he had liked best about working here. He answered that he had always liked the fact that at Nayak, it felt like you were part of a “large family” everybody was there for each other when they needed it and supported each other. Together everybody worked hard at the goal to make Nayak the leading, independent, line maintenance provider. When asked about his most memorable moments at Nayak, he was quick to answer that it was probably the Management Buy Out of the owners German Larrabe and Herbert Busch. He admits that this was a very brave step by the owners: but one that certainly proved to be the correct one in terms of the company’s future. Another great memory was of all the celebrations and events he took part in at Nayak as well as the opportunity to travel the world on business trips. He had the opportunity to meet countless new people, many of whom remain his good friends till today.
In general, he looks back on the aviation industry very positively and feels that it is much like a large, world-wide family in which things like religion, politics and other things that may divide us, are no longer important. He sees it as a great environment to have worked in and can say honestly that he enjoyed every day that he went to work.
Having been with the company for so long, I asked Alfred what some of the biggest changes were that he experienced. He took a moment to consider and then replied that the biggest changes over the years was probably the growth and expansion of Nayak as well as that of our clients and partners. This exponential growth has meant that it is no longer possible to meet and get to know everybody personally as he had once done. Keeping in contact becomes more difficult. Decisions often must go through several people and thus take longer. This is of course completely normal when you consider Nayaks employee number now totals over 700 people. Of course, this growth has also had the effect that Nayak is now more professional, decisions taken can be questioned more efficiently and more employees can offer valuable ideas. Nayak has become more modern and well positioned in the overall market!
Looking back at his time at Nayak I asked Alfred if he had any good advice for colleagues that may have just started with the company or haven’t been with Nayak for long. He hesitated at first to give advice as he assured me that each person was certainly already good at their job but in the end wanted to give some advice that came from the heart. “In everything you do, remember the others around you, be fair to each other, respectful, everybody is a part of the whole. Only by working together with teamwork, you can achieve success. Make sure it’s the person that is important and not the profit.”
Finally, I asked Alfred how retirement was treating him, 2 months after his last day. He grinned and admitted that after 41 years in the business its not so easy to let go. He often still thinks of certain projects, their developments over the last few months, especially during the Corona crisis and how much work will still be invested in them. He finds it hard sometimes to get used to the fact that he doesn’t have any appointments and often catches himself thinking about what needs to get done for the day, only to (happily) realize that he doesn’t have any more appointments! He sometimes misses his colleagues and working closely with them on a day-to-day basis. However, he now also has more time for his hobbies, more time to ride on his motorcycle and for his friends. Right now, he is spending a lovely holiday with his wife in the South of Tirol and Italy!
It seems that Alfreds well deserved pension is treating him well. I want to take this opportunity to thank Alfred Wengler himself for this extensive interview and wish him all of the best in his future days of retirement! We appreciated all your hard work Alfred!
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