StandardAero expands U.S. mobile response
StandardAero (Booth No. 7601) is expanding its mobile response capabilities around the U.S. and is looking to expand its global presence, vice president of business aviation Scott Taylor said at the NBAA Convention yesterday.
The company plans to establish three new mobile service teams (MSTs) next year in Atlanta, Scottsdale, Ariz., and another in the Northeast, but that location has yet to be determined.
The company added four additional MSTs around the U.S. this year as well. These MSTs are based at Van Nuys, Calif., Little Rock, Ark., San Jose, Calif., and Dallas. The MSTs can respond to AOG calls within 24 hours, according to the company.
StandardAero has also seen an increase in demand for service in Europe and Asia and is looking to expand in those areas.
“It’s a matter of looking to see where the concentration of aircraft is,” Taylor said. “Asia is one we’re looking at very closely.”
The company has also completed renovations of its Springfield, Ill., engine shop. The 265,000-sq-ft facility will be used to perform maintenance and overhaul work on Honeywell TFE731 engines, according to the company.
The engine shop will first be used for major periodic inspections, but the company will look into expanding the role of the facility. “We found the customers wanted one-stop-engine shopping,” Taylor said. “So we’re working to meet their requests by improving the Springfield facility.”
In addition to the newly renovated facility, StandardAero plans to work closely with OEMs to expand its authorized service center capability, Taylor said.
StandardAero launched its GE CF34 7/10 program, which will cover inspections of the engines for every 7,000 hours or 10 years, according to Taylor. “Because Challenger business jets typically go longer between inspections than their commercial counterparts, they are more prone to unscheduled maintenance,” Taylor said.
Under the 7/10 program, business aviation CF34 operators will be covered for those unforeseen issues that would be caught with the more frequent inspections commercially operated engines receive.