MacroAsia Air Taxi Services, Inc. (MAATS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MacroAsia Corporation (MAC). It started commercial operations in October 1996. MAATS is a licensed non-scheduled domestic flight operator that caters air charter services to the diverse needs of its various clients which includes the following: private corporations, persons of importance, media (aerial film / photography), geo-physical survey companies (mining surveys), financial firms and banks for high value cargo, medical evacuations (transporting patients), scenic and tourism packages, humanitarian and relief works, and cargo companies. It is located at the General Aviation Area of the Manila Domestic Airport.
MAATS utilizes the reliable and efficient Ecureuil AS350-B2, a 5-passenger helicopter powered by a Turbomeca Arriel engine and equipped with a float kit reserved for emergency water landing.
Its operation is dependent on a commercial permit issued by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), as well as an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Certificate of Airworthiness issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). These certificates are being renewed annually.
MAATS, as a CAAP-AOC holding company, must strictly adhere to the rules, standards and procedures as prescribed in the ICAO-recognized Ph Civil Air Rules. This includes compliance to the strict periodic audits conducted by the CAAP inspectors during the course of its operations. Failure to comply would mean the cancellation of the commercial permit.
To ensure the quality and safety in its operations, MAATS adheres to the stringent safety standards and procedures. This includes periodic repairs and maintenance of the aircraft following both the manufacturer and CAAP standards. It also includes periodic re-training and review of the technical crew, pilot and mechanics. MAATS’ technical crew is sent to the Airbus training facility every two years for refresher courses, and also to keep them abreast of the latest developments related to their profession.
Since January 2013, mainly to support and complement the Maintenance, Repairs, and Overhaul (MRO) clients of Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Inc., MAATS offers Fixed-Based Operations (FBO) services. FBO services deals with providing solutions (non-maintenance and generally administrative/ liaison work), like securing all the necessary permits to allow a smooth and trouble-free entry and exit of non-scheduled flights to and from Manila.
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