NBAA Convention News

Standard Aero Fulfills Old Promises

 - October 10, 2011, 10:25 AM

StandardAero is here bearing the fruits of its labors over the past year. And according to v-p of business development strategy Marc McGowan, it is in no small part a matter of fulfilling the promises made at last year’s NBAA convention.

Among the promises kept is an expansion of its mobile service teams in North America, bringing the total to 11, with a twelfth planned by the end of the year. While based in North America, the teams provide worldwide coverage. The two most recent additions to the network include one in Scottsdale, Ariz., and one in Dallas, Ga., near Atlanta. The twelfth team is to be located in northern Delaware, likely Wilmington. Also planned is a Northeast-based mobile service team specializing in avionics.

StandardAero has also continued to move ahead with its support of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300 series with the introduction of PW305 service at the StandardAero facility in Houston.

The company is also planning to expand worldwide through a series of new partnerships. While the greater part of its business is in North America, the new partnerships will begin in Europe and move on to the Russia, India and China markets.

The company is also expanding its engine product lines to match its airframe capabilities as part of its CompleteCare service philosophy. At this point, all maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) support for the PW307 and PW308 engines is in Springfield, Ill. Additional PW300 series service rollouts are planned at the Los Angeles and Augusta, Ga. service centers.

New PW305 engine service adds to StandardAero capabilities that already include the TFE731, TPE331, HTF7000 and CFE738 engines, the GE CF34 and the Rolls-Royce AE3007, as well as Honeywell’s APUs.

Also noted was StandardAero’s FastLane guaranteed 14-day compressor zone inspection turn-time, which said is now averaging just 11 days and in some cases as low as six days.
StandardAero announced an expansion into parts trading as part of a strategic business focus that includes buying and selling of parts for business aviation aircraft. This includes APUs, whole engines, avionics and airframe components. “Given the breadth and global reach of StandardAero’s MRO network, we recognized the business synergies involved in parts selling and trading, and integrating it into our core operational strategy,” said senior v-p for business aviation Scott Taylor.

Finally, StandardAero announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Honeywell for shop-level maintenance of TFE731 rental bank engines. The first rental bank engine was recently received at StandardAero’s Los Angeles facility. “By maintaining a bank of rental engines, our customers are assured that their downtime will be kept to a minimum and their costs the lowest possible,” said Taylor.