Standard Aero Begins $5.5 Million Expansion at Maryville, Tenn., Facility

NBAA, Atlanta — Standard Aero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Engineering company, today announced the start of a $5.5 million expansion at its Maryville, Tenn., aircraft maintenance facility. The operation is authorized to provide maintenance on several powerplants, including its most recent authorization for maintenance on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610/615 engines.

“The expanded Standard Aero facility near Knoxville will offer more space and services for new aircraft engines, as well as engines currently in service,” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The expansion will initially add 10,000 square feet to our existing 120,000 square foot facility.”

In addition to the new floor space, the expansion includes a new test cell and access to existing cleaning, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), and machine shops. The facility is OEM authorized for repair and maintenance on several other turbofans and auxiliary power units.

Earlier this year the Standard Aero operation became a Pratt & Whitney Canada Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the PW610/615. Tooling is under way in anticipation of initial service in 2008.

“Standard Aero has a long history of quickly and efficiently ramping up new programs,” Soubry said. “Our operational design methodology yields industry leading quality and turn times.”

Technicians have received training and Standard Aero has Field Service Representatives for rapid response that will deploy in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia.

The facility at Maryville is a 15-acre campus where about 900 engines and APUs are serviced each year. It is one of 12 MRO facilities operated by Standard Aero and Landmark Aviation, with which it recently merged. Other locations are Winnipeg, Canada; Cincinnati; San Antonio; the Netherlands; Singapore; and Australia. Landmark Aviation facilities are in Springfield, Ill., Augusta, Ga.; Houston; Los Angeles; and Dallas.

The PW600 family, designed around a new engine core featuring fewer parts, is equipped with dual channel, full authority digital electronic control (FADEC) systems. The engine is on several aircraft in the emerging very light jet (VLJ) market.

Standard Aero is also authorized as a Pratt & Whitney Canada DOF facility for the PT6 and PW100 engine families, as well as several other aircraft engines.

Standard Aero and Landmark Aviation, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Engineering companies with $1.3 billion in combined annual revenue, specialize in engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, and nose-to-tail services that include airframe, interior refurbishments and paint for business and general aviation, air transport, and military aircraft. Associated Air Center produces luxury and VIP interiors for transport size aircraft. The companies, part of the DAE Engineering division, form a global services network of 12 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, with an additional 14 regionally located service and support locations.

DAE is a fast developing global aerospace, manufacturing and services corporation made up of six divisions – Airports, Capital, Engineering, Manufacturing, Services and University.

Headquartered in Dubai, the group is growing through a series of phased developments and acquisitions to become a global player and to produce an integrated aerospace cluster, based at Dubai World Central – the new 140 square kilometer airport and logistics city. It is forming international partnerships at the highest level of industry with the aim of establishing one of the most innovative and successful businesses in the global aerospace industry within the next decade.

DAE’s shareholders include EMAAR, ISTITHMAR, Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA), Dubai International Capital, DIFC Investments LLC, the Government of Dubai and AMLAK Finance.