Smyrna Air Center Approved for M601 and H80 Service
Smyrna Air Center has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an authorized service center for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines. Under the terms of the agreement Smyrna Air Center will offer comprehensive line maintenance, removal and re-installation of engines and LRUs and spares for the M601 and H80 engines. GE Aviation will provide Smyrna Air Center with material support and training. “Smyrna Air Center has shown a strong commitment to GE Aviation’s M601 and H80 turboprop engines with its Power 90 King Air conversion,” said Paul Theofan, president and managing executive of GE Aviation Business and General Aviation Turboprops. Based at Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport near Nashville, Smyrna Air Center is an FBO with a factory-authorized maintenance and avionics center. Smyrna Air Center’s Power 90 is an FAA-approved supplemental type certificate conversion for King Air 90s, A90s, B90s and C90s in which the original PT6As are replaced with the more powerful 751-shp M601E-11A. The E-11A delivers faster rates of climb, higher flight levels and faster cruise speed than current engines and lower acquisition and maintenance costs compared with competing conversions, according to GE Aviation.