Vector Aerospace signs PT6A deals with Australian operators
Vector Aerospace has announced that it has entered into exclusive Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A engine service agreements with four leading agricultural aviation and aerial firefighting operators in Australia.
The four affiliated operators entrusting Vector with their PT6A support are Aerotech Australasia, based in Kent Town, South Australia; Aerotech Northern Territory, based in Batchelor, Northern Territory; Pays Air Service, based in Scone, New South Wales; and Dunn Aviation, based in Ballidu, Western Australia.
Under the terms of the three-year agreements signed with these four operators, Vector will provide comprehensive engine MRO services in support of the combined fleet of Aerotech Australasia, Aerotech Northern Territory, Pays Air Service and Dunn Aviation PT6A turboprop applications, which currently numbers 44 aircraft. The fleet includes the Air Tractor AT-802/802A/802AF/802F, the Air Tractor AT-502B, the Cessna 208B Caravan and the Beechcraft King Air B200. Vector will provide these services from its P&WC authorized PT6A Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) in Brisbane, Queensland.
“I know I speak for everyone at Aerotech Northern Territory, Pays Air Service and Dunn Aviation when I say how very pleased we all are to sign these agreements with Vector Aerospace,” says Sam McCabe, managing director at Aerotech Australasia. “It gives us great confidence knowing that Vector will be able to meet the demanding engine support requirements of each of our agricultural and firefighting aircraft operations.”
“The signing of these four exclusive agreements is a major step forward for our Brisbane facility in its support of the agricultural and firefighting aviation markets within the Australian region,” says Jeff Poirier, president of Vector's Engine Services – Atlantic division. “Vector's technical competencies with the PT6A engine run deep. Our engineers have been recruited and trained to ensure they have industry-leading skills and practical expertise with this engine model."
PT6A MRO services to be provided by Vector under the agreement will include engine repair, hot section inspections, testing, modifications and overhaul services. PT6A variants supported under these service agreements will include the 1,868 eshp PT6A-67F, which Vector Brisbane’s test cell was recently modified to pass-off. Vector Brisbane offers the only P&WC correlated and approved PT6A-67F test cell in the Asia-Pacific region.
The four operators will also benefit from the support of Vector’s Mobile Repair Team (MRT), which is available to provide on-site repairs at customer locations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, as well as responsive aircraft on ground (AOG) support.
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