By Helicopters Staff
StandardAero’s engine overhaul facility in Summerside, PEI, finished 2019 with a new record by inducting more than 1,000 Pratt & Whitney PW100, PT6A and JT15D engines during the course of the year. This figure was achieved following a recent expansion to the facility, noted as StandardAero’s commercial turboprop engine MRO Center of Excellence. This site now holds a shop floor area of more than 226,000 square feet of leased space.
The facility, located at the Summerside airport in Slemon Park, also grew its workforce to approximately 500 employees as a result of the recent expansion.
The 1,000th engine to be inducted was a PW121 for one of the facility’s long-standing regional airline customers, Air Creebec. This work was in support of the airline’s fleet of de Havilland Canada Dash 8 turboprop aircraft. Air Creebec is based in Val-d’Or, Quebec, and operates regularly scheduled flights, charter and freight services to 16 destinations in Quebec and Ontario.
“This record total of 1,000 engine inductions during 2019 is a testament to the dedication and customer focus of our Summerside team, which has stepped up to meet every challenge asked of it this year,” said Jeff Poirier, VP/GM of the Summerside facility. “The team has justified the recent additional investment made by StandardAero into the site, and continues to provide unrivaled customer service to our customers.”
Poirier continued to explain it was fitting that Air Creebec was the client for the 1,000th engine induction as a tribute to Paul Hagen, StandardAero’s regional sales manager for Eastern Canada, who passed away last month. “Paul was a good friend to many of us, colleagues and customers alike, and a sterling employee, and we send our sincerest condolences to his family at this time.”
StandardAero supports the global PW100 operator community as a Pratt & Whitney Canada Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) from locations in Summerside, PEI, Gonesse, France and the PW150A operator community from Seletar, Singapore, supported by seven service centre locations across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.
StandardAero is also a PT6A DOF with distribution rights on certain engine models, supporting customers from four DOFs located in North America, Europe, Africa and Australasia, backed up by a global network of seven service centres and over 20 dedicated mobile repair technicians. StandardAero’s Summerside location is also a DOF for the JT15D business jet engine, which is supported by four service centre locations worldwide.