Aircraft Engine Service Providers
With a hot market for used aircraft improving hull values, it has become financially viable to repair or exchange engines to extend the life of the aircraft. Engine service providers are noting an uptick in demand, expanding facilities and adding services.
AOG Engine Support
At the beginning of 2021, Duncan Aviation promised that all engine customers in an Aircraft on Ground (AOG) situation would receive a call from a Rapid Response Team (RRT) member within 30 minutes of an AOG request, with a follow-up within an hour as to labor availability and logistics planning. The calls will be followed within 24 hours with technicians on-site at the aircraft’s location, pending agreements and approvals.
The multi-location MRO, which services most leading brands and models of business aircraft engines, has 17 engine Rapid Response dispatch locations throughout the U.S. Due to rapid growth, Duncan Aviation added nine new skilled engine technicians around the country in the past year. A new RRT dispatch location was set to be operational in mid-September in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Customized Engine Service
StandardAero, a leading provider of customized business aircraft engine service, focuses on a wide range of MRO solutions for Honeywell, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney Canada products. StandardAero’s engine support includes OEM-authorized component repair capabilities, mobile services—including on-wing; engine trading and rentals, and engineering services.
As the leading MRO for the Honeywell TFE 731 engine family, StandardAero is also Honeywell’s only non-OEM overhaul service provider for the HTF 7000 series.
With the recent acquisitions of Dallas Airmotive, International Turbine Services, International Governor Solutions, Barrett and H+S Aviation, StandardAero has added 13 repair facilities and significantly expanded its mobile service capabilities and number of dispatch locations. The acquisitions add the Rolls-Royce Spey, Tay and P&WC PW500 and PW306 family of engines to the company’s service portfolio.
PT6-Focused Service Provider
TBM aircraft maintenance provider AVEX specializes in the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine family, particularly on the PT6A-64 and PT6A-66D, respectively powering the Daher TBM 700 and TBM 850 and 900 turboprops. The company provides engine trend analysis, oil analysis, hot-section overhaul management, and proprietary engine performance and vibration analysis.
With locations at Camarillo Airport (KCMA) in Camarillo, California, and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC) in Broomfield, Colorado, AVEX is constantly evaluating the engine data-collection process and finding new ways to use technology to promote accurate engine analysis. A key driver in developing this technology is to access data readily available on the engine to identify pending issues well in advance of manifesting themselves to the operator.
The company has also invested in advanced and continued training, which has earned AVEX the FAA’s Diamond Award for a repair station for the last 14 years. https://marketplace.aviationweek.com/company/avex-inc
Starter Generator Specialist
A UK-based specialist in engine starter generators, AEM is an OEM-approved authorized repair center (ARC), performing scheduled overhauls, repairs, brush changes and testing for numerous airlines and business aircraft operators.
As an ARC, AEM has access to technical documents and other materials, enabling it to offer an OEM-level overhaul at an aftermarket price. To provide that, AEM has an extensive set-up that includes state-of-the-art test equipment and full in-house support services such as brush bedding, protective paint removal and re-application, plating, armature resurfacing/balancing, and non-destructive testing. With complete control of the maintenance service process, AEM offers competitive turn-around times.
Airworthiness Compliance Control
Dublin-based Aeolus Engine Services provides trend monitoring, on-wing engine performance trouble-shooting, as well as borescope inspections, shop visit work scoping and engineering oversight for airworthiness compliance control and reporting. Specializing in the CFM International CFM56 and GE Aviation CF34 engine families, the company also provides sales and leasing.
Aeolus Engine Services matches holistic ownership support solutions with time-saving information technology facilitators, including its “Instant” suite of Software as a Service applications.
The Instant suite includes InstantBSI cloud-based borescope reporting, sharing and storage; InstantEDR—an engine records software that tracks and reports life limited parts, airworthiness directive and service bulletin compliance and automates standard statements such as non-incident statements, usage statements, oil type statements and engine profile summary reports.