Tempe, Ariz. – April 1, 2009 – StandardAero and Banyan Air Service have signed a support center agreement, authorizing Banyan as a StandardAero-approved installation facility for the Cessna Caravan 208-series aircraft engine-upgrade program. This engine-upgrade program replaces the PT6A-114 (600 shp)/114A (675 shp) powerplants with the PT6A-135A (750 shp) powerplant. Providing an alternative to traditional overhaul, the new engine provides an increase in power at altitude and an improved rate of climb. A redesigned air inlet results in improved ram air recovery to the engine intake – further increasing engine performance. Engines will be available for installation early in the third quarter of 2009.
“As South Florida’s leading full-service FBO for personal and business aviation services, Banyan is a great partner to bring this upgrade to the Cessna Caravan 208-series operators,” said StandardAero General Manager PT6A Business Unit, Manny Atwal. “This partnership will enhance the level of support for our customers not only during the conversion process, but from an ongoing maintenance perspective as well.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to be involved with this upgrade program and look forward to working with the professionals at StandardAero,” said Paul Rose, Banyan’s Senior Vice President of Technical Sales.
Banyan, based at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), is a 24-hour, full-service fixed base operation (FBO), with more than one million square feet of hangar and office space within an 85-acre aviation complex. The company provides comprehensive business aviation services, including heavy maintenance and interior modifications, turbine engine service, structural repairs, avionics service, installations, and aftermarket sales, as well as, aircraft part sales and distribution. Banyan’s maintenance and avionics divisions are both FAA and EASA approved repair stations, and hold Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazilian government maintenance approvals. For more information, visit banyanair.com
StandardAero is the only Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A designated overhaul facility that can offer customers both maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and engine upgrade options.
StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company with $1.4 billion in annual revenue, specializes 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. The company, part of the DAE Engineering division, forms 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.
About DAE: DAE is a fast developing global aerospace, manufacturing and services corporation made up of six divisions – DAE Capital, DAE Engineering, DAE Services, DAE Manufacturing, DAE Airports, and DAE Flight Academy.
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 kilometre airport and logistics city being constructed in Jebel Ali, Dubai. 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 the Government of Dubai, Dubai International Capital, DIFC Investments LLC, EMAAR, ISTITHMAR World, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), AMLAK Finance.