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Haeco ranks high among maintenance bases. (Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co.)

Haeco ranks high among maintenance bases

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (Haeco), established at Kai Tak International Airport here in 1950, has "come of age,' according to chief executive Graham Howat, and can now be considered to rank alongside similar maintenance, overhaul and repair bases in Britain, Western Europe, Canada, the United States and the Middle East.

It is a brave claim, but a visit to Haeco's extensive facility, a view of the wide variety of services on offer, and a glance at the colorful range of airline tails in and around the company's hangars indicate that it is made with justification.

Howat, who joined Haeco in the early 1970s, is a Briton with a Master of Science degree in air transport engineering gained at Cranfield in 1968 and a background at Hawker Siddeley and British European Airways. He has nearly 70 expatriates on his management team--mainly Britons plus a few Australians and South Africans--and just over 4,000 Hong Kong Chinese skilled and semi-skilled technicians.

All of the Hong Kong employes join Haeco with no engineering skills and are trained in the company's own technical college, the curriculum including command of the English language. The jobs are popular; the company runs two apprenticeship schemes, each recruiting 36-40 young men each year, and there are usually ten applicants for each vacancy. …

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