Dallas Airmotive expands service, shop capabilities

 - November 6, 2006, 10:53 AM

Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. 1900) is here at NBAA’06 to announce big changes in its services and facilities.

The engine repair and overhaul company is expanding its service offerings at several of its facilities. Its Layfatte, La. shop, which offers component repair capabilities for the Rolls-Royce Model 250 turbine engine, will begin offering those services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 and JT15D later this year. In addition, the company is adding hot section inspection capability for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 engine at its regional turbine centers at Portsmouth, England; Millville, N.J.; and Phoenix. All three facilities will add that capability in the second half of next year.

Dallas Airmotive also announced that it is working with International Turbine Services (Booth No. 2211) to offer a fixed-price, straight-exchange engine program for the Rolls-Royce 511-8 that powers the Gulfstream II. The Spey 5Y2K program comes in response to customer demand for “a limited workscope MRO plan for Spey engines,” said Dallas Airmotive president and CEO Hugh McElroy. Under the terms of the program, a customer can exchange his engine for a refurbished ITS engine that meets the 5Y2K specifications. According to ITS, the program reduces aircraft downtime to several days by eliminating the need for the engine to complete the Rolls-Royce-approved maintenance process.

Among the service changes Dallas Airmotive has made is the addition of mobile APU repair service for the Northeast. Based at the company’s Millville, N.J. regional turbine center, a box truck provides 24-hour emergency service in addition to scheduled on-site maintenance. According to a spokesman, the service, which began in August, has already gotten good reviews from operators, who say they appreciate the fast turnaround time (a hot section can be completed in a day and a half, the company said).

Dallas Airmotive is also here touting the “Express Lane” service available for the Honeywell TFE731 and Rolls-Royce Model 250 engines at Premier Turbines. The service offers quick turnarounds–days instead of weeks, the company said–for engines that need limited work. For example, operators who need immediate service–for AOG (aircraft on ground), FOD (foreign object damage), special inspections and AD compliance limited to specific areas of the engine–will not have to compete for priority slots with operators of engines undergoing overhaul.

In the interest of improving efficiency, the company is consolidating several of its facilities in the U.S. and abroad. It recently moved its Dallas Carpenter Freeway overhaul facility to Grapevine, Texas, where it is colocated with the company’s headquarters. In addition, the Bournemouth, England Regional Turbine Center has moved to Portsmouth, England, to be colocated with its UK affiliate H+S Aviation.