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Standard Aero completes transformation of PT6A engine line and facility

Jan. 7, 2008, Winnipeg – Standard Aero today announced the completion of a US$1.6 million facility transformation to improve the work flow at its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine MRO facility in Winnipeg.


January 7, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

Jan. 7, 2008, Winnipeg – Standard Aero today announced the completion
of a US$1.6 million facility transformation to improve the work flow
at its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine MRO facility in Winnipeg.

“The transformation will increase the Standard Aero engine overhaul
capacity, efficiency and provide faster turn times for our customers,”
said Manny Atwal, General Manager of the PT6 Strategic Business
Unit. “The new design will also increase the overhauled and serviceable
material content used during the engine overhaul process.”

Standard Aero anticipates a 30-percent increase in PT6A engine overhaul
capacity without the addition of more floor space or equipment. The
project is already producing faster and more accurate estimates.
“The faclity redesign is critical for us at this time as PT6A MRO
demand continues to grow, with turboprop aircraft seeing an increase in
flying hours,” said Atwal. “As a result we anticipate strong growth in
our PT6A service volume.”

The Standard Aero facility and work flow design methodology has been
implemented by the company worldwide in more than 200 of its production
cells and at multiple factories.

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In addition to the aircraft MRO services provided by the company, the
transformation and work flow design methodology is also available
separately as a service to customers.

Standard Aero’s Enterprise Services business, the company’s operational
and management services division, can be contracted for factory and
industrial manufacturing redesign.

Standard Aero Enterprise Services currently is contracted to implement
the work flow design methodology at several U.S. Department of Defense
MRO depots.

As part of Standard Aero’s growth and diversity in its PT6A offerings,
the company recently announced several Supplemental Type Certificates
(STC) for engine upgrades on aircraft powered by the PT6A engine. The
STC programs focus on transforming the aircraft into a high performance
airframe.