It all started in 1911, just eight years after the Wright brother’s first flight at Kitty Hawk, when Charles Pearce and William Bickell founded Standard Machine Works in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Repairing, overhauling and rebuilding car, truck and tractor engines, the company quickly became known for its “workmanship, efficient personnel and effectiveness of equipment,” according to publications at the time.
As civil aviation began to grow in the region during the mid-1920s, an increasing need developed for trusted engine service in the area. Shipping engines to the original manufacturers in Montreal, Toronto, Detroit or Ottawa was time-consuming and expensive.
To meet the need, Standard Machine Works added aircraft engines to their capabilities list and formed an Aero Engine Division in the basement and first floor of their St. Matthews facility. In April 1936, the company rebuilt its first aircraft engine — an Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah piston engine.
By November 1936, most engine manufacturers appointed Standard Machine Works as an authorized service station, from Canadian Pratt & Whitney to de Havilland to Jacobs, and more. By the fall of that year, the company had been designated an authorized service station for Bendix Aviation Corporation of Bendix, NJ, to maintain Bendix-Eclipse starters, generators and control boxes.
In 1949, the company incorporated as Standard Aero Engine Limited (SAE), and added more facilities and capabilities as they continued to hone their expertise in civilian and military aircraft engines. Standard Aero Engine Limited began overhauling turbine engines in 1960, making a sizeable investment in tooling and training. In addition, SAE partnered with Trans-Canada Air Lines to use one of the airline’s two engine test cells.
Fast forward to today, StandardAero has become one of the aerospace industry’s largest independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) providers. Our company’s success is the outgrowth of the synergistic merger of businesses with complementary specialties that have exponentially increased our capabilities and generated unprecedented customer commitment and value.
StandardAero offers extensive MRO services and custom solutions for business aviation, commercial aviation, military, and industrial power customers. Nearly 7,000 professional, administrative and technical employees work in more than 50 major facilities worldwide, with additional strategically located regional service and support centers all across the globe.
Services include OEM authorized and approved MRO capabilities for aircraft and rotorcraft engines, auxiliary power units, components; airframe services including major alterations; FAA authorized avionics capabilities; comprehensive engineering services; and custom exterior and interior design, completion, and paint. We provide these capabilities through our network of specialized facilities and mobile service teams.
StandardAero is owned by Carlyle, a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions.