Dallas Airmotive expands engine service capabilities

 - December 8, 2006, 9:29 AM

Dallas Airmotive is adding Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 hot-section inspection capability to three of its regional turbine centers (RTCs). According to the company, its RTC in Portsmouth, England, will be up and running on the new service by January 1. The Millville, N.J. RTC is anticipated to come on line during next year’s first quarter, with the Phoenix RTC to follow in the second half.

“We are anticipating an increase in shop visits for the PW500 as the fleet matures,” Hugh McElroy, president and CEO, said. “These locations, in addition to our existing PW500 service centers, place us in close proximity to all of the large populations of PW500-powered aircraft, which include the Cessna Citation Bravo, Encore and Excel.”

Dallas Airmotive is a Pratt & Whitney Canada-designated overhaul facility for the PW500 and overhauls the engines at its Forest Park facility in Dallas. It also offers PW500 HSI services at its Dallas Love Field Regional Turbine Center. According to McElroy, the addition of HSI services at Portsmouth, Millville and Phoenix puts the majority of the world’s PW500-powered aircraft within a two-hour flight of a Dallas Airmotive service location.

Dallas Airmotive’s Premier Turbines of Neosho, Mo., has recently inaugurated Express Lane Service for the Honeywell TFE731 and Rolls-Royce 250. “Think of
it as a parallel production system to our normal work flow,” McElroy said. “We’ve set up dedicated areas to handle non-standard workscopes for TFE731 and Model 250 engines so that operators needing immediate service will not have to compete for priority with other engines undergoing overhaul.”

The Express Lane focuses on limited workscopes such as AOG, foreign object damage, special inspections and airworthiness directive-driven campaigns where specific areas of the engine are targeted for disassembly, inspection and repair. He said that the service can reduce aircraft downtime from weeks to days.

The company also announced it has expanded its repair and overhaul capability to include the Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8C, the engine installed on the Gulfstream G350/450.