Standard Aero Receives FAA Approval For Upgrade To Aircraft Powered By PT6A Engine

NBAA, Atlanta — Standard Aero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Engineering company, today announced that it has been granted several Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) by the FAA for upgrades to aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine, including the Cheyenne I, IA, II, IIXL, and King Air F90.

The PT6A STC programs focus on transforming the aircraft into a high performance airframe. Standard Aero is investing in projects that deliver value for customers in terms of performance gains, increased air speed, cruise, rate of climb, safety and aircraft value. For example, the Cheyenne I/IA STC exchanges the PT6A-11 with a PT6A-135A, resulting in a significant increase in true airspeed capped at the airframe’s limitations/vmo.

“We are pleased to offer customers an expanded portfolio of PT6A upgrades and services, as Standard Aero continues to adapt and change to the needs of the market,” said Lawrence Traa, Standard Aero Vice President of Pratt & Whitney Canada Programs.

Standard Aero initiated the engineering programs to provide operators more options to enhance aircraft performance. The company works closely with customers to evaluate their needs and determine the benefits of engine upgrades to the aircraft, which can deliver stronger performance and increase the value of the aircraft.

“For several years Standard Aero has provided all of our engine service and support,” said Brad Newman, Owner and Chief Pilot, Tifflin Air Inc. “Standard Aero takes time to evaluate each situation and provide alternatives. On this new STC program, Standard Aero offers another alternative to allow us to make the best decision.”

Tifflin Air was the launch STC customer, with work under the program completed earlier this year.

Standard Aero currently holds STCs for engine upgrades on the Cheyenne IA, II, IIXL, and King Air F90. As part of its STC program, the company is developing additional certification for other airframes, King Air 200, King Air B200 and Cessna Caravan, which will be available in 2008.

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.