Orlando is the primary heavy maintenance base for CO
narrow body aircraft. When the aircraft is first delivered, it goes thru a "conformity" inspection where all of the "time controlled items" are inventoried, along with the weight and balance, compass correction cards, etc. This information is fed into the maintenance computer so that the required re certifications, inspections can be scheduled later on. This is specially for fire bottles, extinguishers, oxygen bottles, oxygen generators, etc. Also, all of the company manuals and passenger briefing cards are installed, special galley equipment installed (coffee brewers, etc).
When ExpressJet receives a new ERJ, it either comes to TYS
for the same treatment. When the ERJ's arrive in the US, they clear customs at FLL
, Embraers US headquarters, then to the conformity check stations, then re-postioned to the line station, usually a hub, IAH