SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – November 28, 2023 – StandardAero, one of the world’s largest independent providers of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is celebrating 10 years of supporting the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine which powers the United States Department of Defense’s fleet of Textron Aviation (Beechcraft) T-6 Texan II trainers.
StandardAero was first awarded a subcontract to provide PT6A-68 engine MRO services in support of the T-6 in 2013. The T-6 Texan II family includes five variants: the T-6A and T-6B Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, respectively; the T-6C exportable trainer; the T-6C+ exportable armed variant; and the T-6D, operated by the U.S. Army.
StandardAero initially supported the PT6A-68 from its Winnipeg, MB, location, with test cell correlation achieved in July 2013. Following StandardAero’s acquisition of Vector Aerospace in 2017, and the establishment of a Center of Excellence (COE) for Turboprop Engine MRO in Summerside, PE, the following year, the company’s PT6A-68 activity was transferred to the Summerside facility. To date StandardAero has overhauled and repaired over 500 PT6A-68s, for both the U.S. DoD and international customers.
“StandardAero is honored to have been entrusted by the U.S. DoD as a provider of PT6A-68 MRO services in support of its fleet of T-6 Texan II aircraft,” said Lou Vogler, Vice President Strategy and Business Development for StandardAero’s Military, Helicopters and Energy division. “This 10-year milestone comes on the eve of StandardAero’s 60th anniversary of supporting the PT6A, being celebrated in 2024, and we look forward to providing the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy with reliable PT6A-68 support for decades to come.”
StandardAero is the world’s largest independent Pratt & Whitney Canada authorized PT6A Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF), with distribution rights on certain engine models. The company supports the global PT6A operator community from four DOFs located in North America, Europe, Africa and Australasia, backed up by a global network of six service centers and over twenty dedicated mobile repair technicians. PT6A-68 MRO services in support of the global fleet of T-6 Texan II (-68), Pilatus PC-21 (-68B) and Embraer EMB-314/A-29 Super Tucano (-68C) aircraft are provided from StandardAero’s Summerside, PE turboprop engine center of excellence. With more than 55 years of reliable turboprop experience, StandardAero provides operators with a nose-to-tail suite of services, including repair schemes, re-engineering STCs, engine exchanges, rentals and Engine Condition Trend Monitoring (ECTM) analysis.
StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components and energy markets. StandardAero is owned by global investment firm Carlyle.