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The annual Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2017 marks the 50th year that StandardAero has offered Roll-Royce M250 helicopter engine services to the industry. The company was first contracted in 1967, then by Allison Engine Company, to provide engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the Royal Canadian Air Force CH-136 Kiowa helicopter fleet.
Through collaboration with Rolls-Royce and focus on improving M250 engine performance, StandardAero has evolved into one of the most trusted Authorized Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centers (AMROC) in the world.
“Over the past half century, we have developed very strong expertise on these engines and our technicians have made continuous improvements in repairs and technologies to make significant improvements to increase ITT margin, reduce gearbox vibration and improve compressor performance providing better fuel consumption and improving helicopter operators’ mission envelope,” said Manny Atwal, vice president and general manager of StandardAero’s helicopters business unit.
Celebrating its golden anniversary of M250 overhaul and repair services, StandardAero continues to build and grow, both in size and reputation. For the M250 series specifically, StandardAero offers specialized service facilities in Concord, North Carolina; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Richmond, British Columbia; Singapore; and Sydney, Australia.
“We’re excited to celebrate 50 years of servicing the M250 series, building the best engines at the best value,” said Brian Hughes, director of sales, marketing and business development for helicopter programs at StandardAero. “Our focus hasn’t changed from our dedication to create the most optimal fit and standards for the longest life, all with the lowest operating costs to further extend engine life.”
It’s no question why the M250 series is synonymous with StandardAero, given the significant service and quality contributions the company has made over the past half a century. However, the company knows its reputation remains only through innovation.
As long as Rolls-Royce makes the M250 and RR300 engines (used in the Robinson R66), StandardAero will continue to strive to make the engine better through overhaul, conversions and modifications.
“As we like to always say, we are just celebrating our first 50 years,” Atwal concluded.
Visit StandardAero at booth 10353 during HAI Heli-Expo, from March 7 to 9 in Dallas, Texas.