Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. 1400), an OEM-authorized turbine engine repair and overhaul provider, will be relocating its Minneapolis regional turbine center to St. Paul Downtown Airport in December. The company has “outgrown the available space” at the General Dynamics Aviation Services hangar at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said Mike Cumnock, vice president of customer service. The Minneapolis center performs MPI service on Honeywell TFE731 engines.
The company has also experienced growth in its PW300 and PW500 inspection and overhaul services, according to Hugh McElroy, president and CEO of BBA Aviation ERO (engine repair and overhaul, Dallas Airmotive’s parent company). More than 150 engines have been processed since Pratt & Whitney Canada awarded the turbine center designated overhaul facility status in 2004, he said, adding that PW306A outputs have “quadrupled.”
The company has also received a number of awards in recent months. The Dallas-area chapter of the American Red Cross awarded the company the 2007 Humanitarian Award in June for donations to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and the company’s support of the Ready When the Time Comes program, which provides reserve and on-call volunteers to assist the Red Cross during large disasters. More recently, FM Global, an insurance and risk management organization, awarded highly protected risk status to Dallas Airmotive’s Forest Park center for dedication to risk management. The company also celebrated its 75th anniversary this month. It was founded in 1932 at Dallas Love Field as the Piston Engine Overhaul Co.
In addition, BBA Aviation ERO (Booth No. 1600) announced this month that it is promoting a “green culture” throughout its service centers and facilities, including Dallas Airmotive. Green initiatives include the development of low-toxicity chemical processing alternatives, the use of more environmentally friendly alkaline cleaning solutions and quieter dynamometer cells to reduce noise and emissions, and the elimination of lead-based coating in all facilities. “It’s just good business to do everything we can to use technology, materials and processes that have minimal impact on the environment,” McElroy said.