Cessna rolling on a pole is being renovated at Kemi-Tornio Airport – British repair team replaces wing damaged in accident

In December, the media reported that a small plane was rolling at a light pole at Kemi-Tornio Airport. The Lapland Rescue Service announced at the time that the plane had been slightly damaged by a wing. There had been two people in the plane, but they had not been injured in the accident. The investigation by the Accident Investigation Board into what happened is not yet complete.

That plane is still at Kemi-Tornio Airport. It’s not actually a small plane, but the Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, a 10-seater small transport plane needed to fly as a pilot and co-pilot.

Authorities are investigating the accident, and the machine has been inspected for damage.

The plane is now being repaired at Kemi-Tornio Airport and the renovation is expected to continue for another five weeks. The machine is being repaired by The Mobile Repair Team (MRT) in the UK.

Joni Nojonen , the manager of Kemi-Tornio Airport, says that a repair operation in this category is rare and he does not know if other Finnish provincial airports have ever had similar renovations.

– At least in Kemi-Tornio, no such things have been seen.

Major damage

Karl Potts , the leader of the repair team , says the hit eventually caused quite a lot of damage to the wing of the plane, which had to be completely rebuilt.

– We need to replace the sheet metal surfaces of the wing as well as the entire leading edge, ie the leading edge of the wing. The point where the machine’s fuel tanks are located was also damaged, Potts says.

The accident also damaged the electrical control center at the rear of the machine, which has been replaced.

Disconnect the engines

The repair team arrived in Kemi in late March. Potts says the work began at the time with the manufacture of wooden scaffolding. The aircraft engines have been removed during the renovation.

Potts says their team is very multi-skilled: the team speaks from aircraft repair design to component installation. In addition to Kemi-Tornio, the company currently has teams in the Americas and Austria. The scale of the projects varies, but the work done in Kemi is the largest in scale.

The global shortage of components has made it difficult to work in many areas, but this project has had little impact. It is typical in the aircraft industry that parts sometimes have to wait.

– We order aircraft parts, such as wing dampers, directly from the aircraft manufacturer. Sometimes it takes time for parts to be made, Potts describes.

The wing is built by riveting

The wing of an airplane is built by riveting. That is, the top layer of the wing “wing skin” is attached to the wing structure by riveting. Mobile Repair Team mechanics Ryan Thompson and Alex Codreanu are preparing for this work.

Thompson from the UK has worked in the field for 10 years, Codreanu for 13 years.

– The work is nice because it is intellectually very challenging and varied. You need to be focused and careful in all stages of your work, Thompson describes.

– You can’t get tired of the aviation industry, Codreanu says.

The work of the repair team moves from place to place and country to country.

– It’s nice to get to know different places and meet new people, Thompson says.

Test at ground level first

In the opinion of the entire repair team, the Finnish posting has been in the very best a-class.

– We have been free on Sundays, and we have had a lot of things to do here. Among other things, we have been ice fishing and snowmobiling, Potts says.

The heat of May has surprised positively.

– I thought it was always cold in Finland, but it is warmer here than in Great Britain, Potts mentions.

Once the renovation is complete and the engines are reassembled, the Cessna will first be tested at ground level. The first flight will be performed by the crew of the aircraft.

“The plane will then be flown to Chester, where it will be repainted and routinely serviced,” says Karl Potts.


Article by: Joni Nojonen, Airport Manager
Finavia Corporation, Kemi-Tornio Airport
Tel. +358 20 708 8700, +358 40 554 3909

The MRT Announces Agreement with Beacon

The Mobile Repair Team (MRT) announced that it has signed an agreement with Beacon, the maintenance coordination platform built to unlock teams’ productivity and leverage data in the aviation services industry. The partnership is focused on onboarding the MRT’s maintenance teams into Beacon’s multi-sided platform to improve coordination among their mobile teams and with other stakeholders including operators. By joining Beacon, The MRT is expecting to gain efficiency throughout their repair process and respond faster to maintenance requests from operators.

Beacon is the maintenance coordination platform for faster return-to-service. It is an innovative platform designed to connect and synchronize industry resources, the aftermarket supply chain, and aviation services professionals in a more agile and efficient way to keep aircrafts flying. Beacon aims to unleash high-value interactions and business opportunities to multiple stakeholders within the service ecosystem. The platform is initially focused on providing solutions to unscheduled aircraft maintenance interruptions.

The Mobile Repair Team offers worldwide structural repair support for its fleet of business aircraft. Striving to provide superior customer service while helping their customers reduce significant costs, MRT is joining Beacon’s platform to empower their mobile teams to achieve a faster return-to-service, as they continue to grow their customer base across the globe.

The MRT’s strategy is to run all maintenance cases through Beacon to replace all informal communication channels with a single and compliance-ready one to facilitate an agile flow of information and an easier handoff over shift turnovers. Moreover, The MRT will significantly reduce the time spent on coordinating technicians and other stakeholders during maintenance cases by focusing mostly on high frequency events which represent about 70% of the total number of interruptions.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Beacon and the global EmbraerX initiative. MRT sits in the forefront of a very dynamic and demanding market segment, and for this reason, the full experience, the detailed transparency at every step of the process and its full integration is a game changer for the MRT solution. Beacon is a market disrupting method that will bring great effectiveness to the MRT portfolio of return to service options. Our evaluation process has paved the way for a very powerful impact to market and we very much look forward to exploring further Beacon use within our other group companies also”. Said Chris Creutz, Director, MRT.

Commenting on the agreement, Marco Cesarino, Head of Beacon, said: “We are thrilled to welcome MRT to our platform and support them in getting ahead of the game. Our mission is to help MRT gain competitive advantage in our ultra-demanding industry. With Beacon all stakeholders working on interruptions are getting back time and energy that today is wasted due to inefficient coordination and old technologies. The benefits of using Beacon, are not only about better performance and faster RTS times but also customer satisfaction and profitability.”

With this agreement, Beacon is bringing together more players of the ecosystem into its platform so they can collaborate better and smarter for accelerating return-to-service. Beacon is continuing serving all kinds of aircraft and strengthening the benefits of technology as means to cut through complexity and facilitate collaboration in an industry that is ripe for digital transformation.

Developed by EmbraerX, Embraer’s market accelerator for disruptive businesses, Beacon is an innovative platform that connects operators, maintenance services, and mechanics in a more agile, collaborative, and efficient way, ensuring the rapid return of aircraft to service. Benefiting from a startup mindset and Embraer’s 50 years of experience, Beacon opens a new digital era in aviation maintenance services. Based on network connections, Beacon brings a new dynamic to the maintenance and services ecosystem, being capable of serving any manufacturer, anywhere.

The MRT achieve BS EN 9110:2018 Quality Management Systems Accreditation





Following on from successfully navigating our way through Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mobile Repair Team (MRT) are pleased to have achieved BS EN 9110:2018 Quality Management Systems accreditation.

Achieving this certification demonstrates a commitment by the MRT, specialist aviation mobile repair professionals, to ensure that their clients receive benefit from a high level of service delivery and continual improvement of their QMS, giving them the confidence that the MRT adhere to or exceed their needs.

View our certificate here: MRT BS EN9110 Certificate FS 734504.

Please do not hesitate to contact us 24/7 at  info@themrt.com or on +1 647 777 8059 |  +44 (0)1279 358668 to discuss your requirements.




HeliOperations Client Testimonial





The Mobile Repair Team are proud to showcase another client testimonial from Director of HeliOperations, Steve Gladston.

“HeliOperations are now conducting helicopter structural repairs under our Mil145 MAA approvals – these three multilayer repairs were completed in just five days working with two engineers from The Mobile Repair Team; an efficient and very cost effective specialist consulting company with a broad base of military SQUEP contractors available that cover all past and current military aircraft types (fixed and rotary).”









Mobile Repair Project Client Testimonial




Client testimonial:


“I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for all of the support on this project. We are extremely grateful to the team for not only the amazing job undertaken, but also the significant personal sacrifice it took to remain onsite for over 10 weeks. This repair could have easily taken another few weeks but Adam along with the determination and efficiency of the entire team made this possible.


Big thanks to the team, you guys are second to none.”