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STANDARDAERO'S SUMMERSIDE FACILITY INDUCTED OVER 1,000 ENGINES FOR OVERHAUL IN 2019
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- StandardAero’s engine overhaul facility in Summerside, PEI, Canada finished 2019 on a high, inducting over 1,000 Pratt & Whitney PW100, PT6A and JT15D engines during the course of the year. This record figure was achieved following the recent expansion to the facility, StandardAero’s commercial turboprop engine MRO Center of Excellence, which saw the site expand its shop floor area to over 226,000 sq. ft 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 long-standing regional airline customer Air Creebec, 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.

StandardAero supports the global PW100 operator community as a Pratt & Whitney Canada Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) from locations in Summerside, PE, Canada, Gonesse, France and the PW150A operator community from Seletar, Singapore, supported by seven service center 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 centers and over twenty dedicated mobile repair technicians. StandardAero’s Summerside location is also a DOF for the JT15D business jet engine, which is supported by four service center locations worldwide.

With more than 25 years of reliable turboprop experience, StandardAero provides operators with a nose-to-tail suite of services, including repair capabilities, engine exchanges, rentals and Engine Condition Trend Monitoring (ECTM) analysis.

Source:  StandardAero
Associated URL: standardaero.com

 
MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM OUTLOOKS FOR THE PW200 TURBOSHAFT ENGINE REMAIN GOOD
Thursday, January 16, 2020
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW200 series of turboshaft engines compete primarily against Safran's Arriel and Arrius series in the market for light helicopter engines. While the medium- and long-term outlooks for the engine are good, we expect the impact of an anticipated cyclical downturn to lead to lower production of light helicopters in 2021-2022.

Bell Helicopter's 429 twin-engine helicopter will be one of the most important applications for the PW200 program. It has advantages in speed, climb rate, and range over the H135 and a bigger cabin than either the H135 or the Leonardo GrandNew.

The latest version of the H135, equipped with the Airbus-developed Helionix avionics suite, is currently in production along with one older variant. Airbus offers two engine options on the H135: the PW206B and the Safran Arrius. The forecast assumes production of the H135 will be split roughly 50-50 between the Arrius and PW206 models during the forecast period.

The Sikorsky S-76D program has been hurt by weak demand for new rotorcraft from the offshore oil and gas sector, a situation exacerbated by the existence of a surplus of capacity in that market. Production has been light in recent years and will remain low through the forecast period.

The PW200 series is available on two AW109 models, the AW109 GrandNew and the AW109 Power. These aircraft compete in the same segment as Bell's 429 and Airbus Helicopters' H135. The GrandNew has a larger cabin that appeals to the EMS and SAR segments; it also has the more powerful PW207C engine versus the Power's PW206C. Due to its greater performance, the GrandNew will continue to outsell the Power. The PW206C is one of two engine options on the AW109, and we expect it to split the market with the competing Arrius 2K1.

Leonardo's twin-engine AW169 achieved European certification in July 2015. Securing the AW169 as an application for the PW210 was a big win for P&WC because new light helicopter programs are so rare.

The Russian-made Kazan Ansat uses a version of the PW207. It will see only a low rate of production in coming years.

The MD902 light twin is yet another application for the PW200 family, but we have been unable to confirm any deliveries since 2014. MDHI is working on an improved model called the MD969, but press reports indicate that MDHI is looking to repower the aircraft with a more powerful engine.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Author: Douglas Royce, Aviation Gas Turbines 

 
BRAZILIAN NAVAL AVIATION RECIEVES THIRD MODERNIZED LYNX
Thursday, January 16, 2020
SAO PEDRO DA ALDEIA -- On January 10, Brazilian Navy's aviation arm announced that it had received its third modernized AH-11B Lynx rotorcraft and is now preparing the asset for reentry into active service.

The rotorcraft will be deployed with the Navy's First Reconnaissance and Attack Squadron (EsqdHA-1) based out of the naval facilities in São Pedro da Aldeia. Most often known on the wider rotorcraft market as the AgustaWestland Lynx, the Lynx in Brazilian Naval service has traditionally been referred to under the local designation AH-11A. At the time of writing, the service's Lynx fleet consists of twelve rotorcraft in total and eight of these units are scheduled to be upgraded to the new AH-11B standard.

The Lynx modernization program encompasses a wide range of performance and optical systems improvements for the Navy's current fleet of rotorcraft. Major components of the program include the integration of new CTS-800-4N engines, updated night vision, navigational and electronic warfare systems and Radar Warning Receiver (MAGE-RWR) capability.

Source:  Navy of Brazil
Associated URL: Click here to visit
Source Language: Portuguese

 

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