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A lift for StandardAero

City firm gets $100M to service U.S. military engines

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StandardAero has landed a contract for close to $100 million to service Pratt & Whitney Canada engines on U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy trainer aircraft.

The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract is with Dyncorp International, the prime contractor to the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) program, which uses the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II aircraft.

StandardAero is a designated distributor and overhaul facility for a range of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, allowing it to bid on additional MRO service for Beechcraft, T-6 Texan II, Pilatus, PC-21 military trainers and other military operators around the world.

StandardAero is the only independent company designated by Pratt & Whitney Canada to do engine-repair and overhaul work on the PT6A-68 engines used on the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II. The new $97-million contract, which extends to the end of October 2017, means the company's Winnipeg facilities will handle about 30 to 40 engines a year. It was made possible after an investment of $2.5 million and 5,000 engineering hours developing new service capability to upgrade the Winnipeg shops to handle the work.

A company official would not be specific about whether the new contract will require additional workers, but he said seven apprenticeship technicians have recently been added to the workforce.

StandardAero does plenty of work on U.S. military aircraft engines, including the entire fleet of C-130 Hercules planes, but this contract is an important addition to its military workload.

"This is a huge win for StandardAero and expands our presence within the U.S. government and military marketplaces," Alain Berube, StandardAero's vice-president and general manager, turboprops and fleets, said in a prepared statement. "We have already expanded our facility capacity to provide support to this contract six days per week with extended hours."

StandardAero celebrated its 100th year of industry leadership in 2011.

Owned by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, it is one of the world's largest independent providers of aircraft services, including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine-component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications.

The Winnipeg operation employs about 1,400 people and is the company's largest engine MRO centre in a global service network of 13 facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia.

martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 18, 2013 B6

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