StandardAero Introduces PT6A-68 Series Engine Test Cell at its Summerside Turboprop Engine MRO Center of Excellence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – May 29, 2019 – StandardAero recently completed the correlation process for its newly upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 test cell at its Summerside, PEI facility in Canada. The company is now able to complete pass-off testing for PT6A-68 series engines overhauled at the Summerside facility, for customers in Canada, the United States and elsewhere.

The 1,250 to 1,600 shp class PT6A-68 series powers a number of high performance training aircraft.

StandardAero has provided full service support for the PT6A-68 since 2013, previously from its Winnipeg, MB location.  Work on the engine was transferred to the Summerside facility as part of the company’s Center of Excellence (COE) activity, announced in May 2018.  The facility, located in Slemon Park adjacent to Summerside Airport, has recently expanded its shop floor area by 30% to 130,000 sq. ft., while expanding its workforce with the hiring of 80 additional employees.

“The introduction of the PT6A-68 test cell further augments the capabilities of StandardAero’s Summerside turboprop engine MRO Center of Excellence,” said Jeff Poirier, General Manager & Vice President of the Summerside facility.  “Our dedicated PT6A service team here has been overhauling PT6A-68 series engines for military operators since last year, and the correlation of the test cell will result in immediate turn-around time benefits for our customer base.”

StandardAero supports the global PT6A operator community from four Designated Overhaul Facilities located in North America, Europe, Africa and Australasia, backed up by a global network of seven service centers and over twenty dedicated mobile repair technicians.  With more than 25 years of reliable turboprop experience, StandardAero provides operators with a nose-to-tail suite of services, including repair schemes, re-engining 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 The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), 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. With $216 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2018, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of our investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest.  For more information, go to