BRISBANE, QLD, Australia – March 29, 2023 – StandardAero is this month celebrating the 10th anniversary of its engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Opened in March 2013, the Brisbane location is a Pratt & Whitney Canada-authorized PT6A Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) with distribution rights on certain engine models. The 22,000 sq. ft. facility also provides field service support for a number of other P&WC engines, including the JT15D, PT6T, PW100 and PW300.
The Brisbane facility has enjoyed significant growth over the past ten years, and today its team of 63 employees – who have over 500 years total experience on the PT6A – serves operators across the whole of Australia and Asia, offering full MRO support for no less than 55 different variants of the PT6A.
One of the main drivers behind StandardAero opening the Brisbane facility was to provide support for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), which provides life-saving services throughout Australia with a fleet of 79 aircraft, including the PT6A-powered Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air. Today the RFDS accounts for approximately 35% of the Brisbane shop’s activity, and the facility recently marked completion of its 1,000th work order for the RFDS.
StandardAero provides PT6A MRO support to four different RFDS entities – Central Operations, Queensland Section, South Eastern Section and Western Operations – across a variety of engine variants, including the PT6A-42, -52, -60A, -67A, -67B and -67P.
The Queensland section of the RFDS also recently presented the StandardAero Brisbane team with a special plaque to commemorate the “awesome effort” which went into delivering a 50-day turnaround on the overhaul of a PT6A-60A engine powering one of the section’s King Air 350 aircraft.
“It is truly gratifying to reflect on the achievements of the Brisbane facility team over the past decade,” said Stephen Leigh, Vice President and General Manager of StandardAero’s Brisbane facility. “Our employees embody StandardAero’s commitment to exceeding customer expectations and we are proud to support a broad mix of operators from across Australia and beyond, not least the Royal Flying Doctors Service. We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our customers and to celebrating our next ten years.”
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. 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.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organizations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people that live, work and travel across the 7.69 million square kilometers of Australia.
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.