Scottsdale, Ariz. – June 22, 2015 – StandardAero Defense Services Europe/DutchAero Services (DAS) received its MLE-145 accreditation from the Netherlands Military Aviation Authorities during a ceremony at the Logistic Centre Woensdrecht (LCW) on June 22, 2015. This accreditation now gives DAS the authority to release the F100 engines, modules and components that it repairs and overhauls for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The MLE-145 military standard is comparable to the EASA 145 standard for approved commercial maintenance organizations.
Generally, MLE-145 is issued to companies based on them already having an approved airworthiness system in place, such as an EASA 145 or FAA 145 repair station approval. The accreditation of DAS is unique in that DAS did not have any of such previous approvals already in place.
“DAS successfully developed its MLE-145 airworthiness system completely from scratch, in accordance with the MLE-145 standard,” said Ad Verbeek, General Manager of StandardAero Defense Services Europe/DAS. “Having our own approved airworthiness certificate by means of an MLE-145 accreditation was one of the requirements of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Agreement between DAS and the RNLAF. The accreditation demonstrates that our airworthiness system meets the high standards of the MLE-145 military requirements,” Verbeek added.
With the MLE-145 standard, DAS is able to release RNLAF’s F100 engines, modules and components with a Defence Form One, which is a military version of an EASA Form One or an FAA Form 8130.
DAS performs its repair and overhaul of the Pratt & Whitney F100 engine powering the F-16 aircraft, at the LCW, which is the main support base for RNLAF.
StandardAero acquired DAS on March 26, 2015 from GE/Avio and took over the existing operations to establish a European Support Center where it currently provides military MRO services for F100 engines. In addition, the Netherlands was recently selected as one of three European nations authorized to perform maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrades on the F135 by the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office. DAS is also the partner for the PPP in qualifying for future F135 engine maintenance, repair and overhaul.
StandardAero also overhauls T56 and AE2100 military transport engines at the company’s facilities in San Antonio, Texas and Winnipeg, Canada.
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, energy and VIP completions markets. A Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company, StandardAero provides a global service network of 13 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, along with an additional 50 sales and field service locations. The company celebrated its 100th year of industry leadership in 2011. On May 26, 2015, DAE Ltd. announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell 100% of StandardAero to an affiliate of Veritas Capital. More information can be found on the company’s web site at www.standardaero.com