Duncan Aviation has expanded its turbine engine capabilities at its Lincoln, Nebraska facility with the addition of Honeywell TFE731 Heavy and HTF7000 Series Minor authorizations. In addition, the facility has brought online a 20,000-pound-thrust-class test cell.
The company has also added 592 sq ft to its engine washroom area to account for the larger engines and heavier parts, as well as a new environmentally friendly evaporator system that includes an air makeup unit with exhaust fans to remove fumes from cleaning solvents. To better support HTF7000 customers, Duncan added a large-capacity media blaster and a paint booth dedicated to the company's engine services department.
“We have always been able to successfully perform all aspects of the core zone inspection (CZI) heavy maintenance process since receiving the authorization,” said Duncan engine overhaul services manager Scott Stoki. “We are now making the best use of our time and space by supporting the CZI process completely within our shop and do not have to move certain critical parts through other areas of the company.”
During 2020, Duncan’s engine services unit recorded a 53 percent increase in scheduled events, a trend that Stoki expects to continue in 2021. As a result, the company is looking to add four more technicians to its engine services team.