StandardAero recently completed the consolidation of the company’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, Helicopter Center of Excellence (COE), after accelerating the final phase of integration of helicopter MRO engine operations into one site.
This transition program included the integration of two additional COEs located in Langley, BC, and Summerside, PEI, to support helicopter airframe/component MRO services and turboprop engine MRO services, respectively. The two-year COE restructuring program was originally expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
“The early completion of our COEs was a key element to ensure organizational efficiency and increase our capability to respond more effectively to the dynamic and uncertain market conditions that currently affect customers’ operations anywhere in the world,” said Claus Eisenschmid, VP and GM of the Winnipeg Helicopter COE. “Our overall strategy and commitment is to be the most trusted partner for MRO services.”
To provide further customer support, the company also invested in additional resources in facility improvements and acquired a brand-new test cell supporting Rolls-Royce M250/RR300 helicopter engines. More than 31,000 M250 engine types have been produced, collectively logging more than 220 million flight hours to date on over 170 different helicopter and fixed-wing applications in both civil and military markets.
“Rolls-Royce is proud to recognize StandardAero for their strong partnership and ongoing support as a FIRST Network provider,” said Scott Cunningham, director of helicopter services, Rolls-Royce. “Their significant investment in new capabilities at the Winnipeg COE ensures that Standard Aero will continue to provide world-class MRO services to Model 250/RR300 customers for years to come.”
In addition to the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6T and Safran Arriel 1 & 2 engine services, which have operated in Winnipeg’s Plant 4 since early 2019, the Rolls-Royce M250 and Rolls-Royce RR300 engine lines were moved into the same facility in only three months.
Effective immediately, all helicopter inductions will be conducted at the Winnipeg COE. StandardAero’s other existing Rolls-Royce M250 Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) in Singapore and the North American service centres in Richmond, BC, and Concord, NC, remain fully operational.