PW100 Capability Added to StandardAero Winnipeg

 - February 24, 2011, 10:15 AM

StandardAero has added PW100 engine maintenance, repair and overhaul capability in Winnipeg, Canada. Pratt & Whitney Canada has approved the site as a PW100 designated overhaul facility. 

According to the company, significant production floor space became available in Winnipeg with the expansion of the MRO's CF34 engine line and the addition of a CFM56 engine line. It allowed the company to move central support personnel from Plant 4 to newly expanded facilities in Plant 6 to accommodate the CF34 and CFM56. That, in turn, opened significant space in Plant 4 to house both the existing PT6 and new PW100 lines.

“The implementation of the PW100 product line into our Winnipeg facility will provide us with the ability to move people and resources throughout our extensive Winnipeg site,” said Manny Atwal, vice president for turboprop programs.

StandardAero’s facility in Tilburg, The Netherlands, has been working on the PW100 since 1990.

According to Atwal, the decision to add PW100 capability to Winnipeg was based on its existing PT6A operation. “The ability to support multiple P&WC products from one location provides opportunities to improve overall service levels for our customers as we can cross-train technical personnel and move people around to meet customer requirements,” he told AIN. "Common repair development engineering and component repair capabilities will increase part repairs for our customers, thereby reducing overall costs and turnaround time.

“We certainly want to continue to support our European customers; therefore, we keep strong engine repair capability, field-service, accessories and engine test in Tilburg while overhaul work comes to Canada.”

Atwal also said the addition made sense because about 60 percent of the world’s PW100 market is in Europe and North America. “Those are the two logical places for support,” he added. Over the last 15 years, StandardAero has processed more than 3,000 PW100 engines at its Tilburg and Winnipeg facilities.