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Engine Assurance Program Marks Enrollment Milestone

 - October 17, 2022, 6:00 AM
Engine Assurance Program has signed its 250th engine, a Honeywell TFE731 that powers a Dassault Falcon 900. (Photo: Engine Assurance Program)

Engine Assurance Program (EAP, Booth 1841) has enrolled the 250th engine/APU—a Honeywell TFE731 turbofan—in its business jet hourly maintenance program. In addition, it is expanding the program to include the Honeywell CFE738 engine and 36-150F2M APU that power the Dassault Falcon 2000, the Dallas-based company announced on the eve of NBAA-BACE 2022.

The milestone TFE731 powers a Falcon 900B trijet. EAP founder and program coordinator Sean Lynch told AIN that the 50-year-old turbofan family represents the single biggest engine type covered by EAP.

Meanwhile, the addition of the CFE738 engine and 36-150F2M APU builds on EAP’s coverage of all variants of the Honeywell TFE731, as well as most GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, and Pratt & Whitney Canada turbofan engines. There are 230 Falcon 2000s in service, with 70 percent of them operating in North America, according to EAP.

Launched in 2016, EAP offers hourly maintenance coverage that Lynch said is equal to an OEM’s highest-level hourly maintenance program. Its program covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including life-limited parts, line-replaceable units, removal and reinstallation, shipping, rentals, line maintenance, trend monitoring, and catastrophic coverage.

“Our business model is that we focus on older engines,” Lynch said. “We only focus on older engine platforms. We take whatever the manufacturer’s top-tier coverage is, and that’s what our product is.”

For EAP-covered engines and APUs, maintenance is provided by several OEM-authorized MROs and OEMs such as Duncan Aviation, StandardAero, GE Aviation, and Rolls-Royce, Lynch explained. EAP’s program has a 99.99 percent dispatch reliability rate.

In addition to its hourly maintenance program, EAP has about $10 million in spare parts, rental engines, and APUs that it houses in a facility north of Dallas. “It’s a robust part of our business model,” Lynch said. “We’ve never ever had a customer not get a rental engine when they need one.”