Hot section: BBA Aviation ERO establishes centers of excellance

 - January 28, 2010, 4:59 AM

BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul Group (ERO) is creating centers of excellence (COE) at each of its major repair and overhaul facilities in the U.S. According to the company, each center of excellence will be dedicated to a major engine OEM product line.

“Combining a given product family at one central location will enable us to maximize the efficiency of our labor force and our supply chain,” said BBA Aviation ERO president Hugh McElroy. “Our COEs will benefit customers in a number of ways, including clearly establishing brand identification for the various product lines, optimizing the speed and efficiency of our work, enhancing our product and market focus, and ultimately delivering the greatest customer satisfaction.”

BBA Aviation ERO has three major repair and overhaul centers in the U.S. The Dallas Airmotive Forest Park (Dallas) facility will have COEs for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines and the Rolls-Royce Spey and Tay. The Premier Turbines facility (Neosho, Mo.) will have COEs for the Rolls-Royce 250 and General Electric engines. The Dallas Airmotive Heritage Park facility (Grapevine, Texas) will have a COE for Honeywell powerplants.

The establishment of the Honeywell center of excellence will entail the transition of TFE731 CZI overhaul work from Premier Turbines to Dallas Airmotive Heritage Park
in Grapevine, Texas.

The transition is expected to be complete in this year’s second half. Test cell and minor repair operations for the TFE731 and associated engineering and customer support will remain at Premier Turbines.