Wed, Aug 20, 2008
Upgrades PT6s To More Powerful -42 Variants
StandardAero tells ANN the company recently received
Supplemental Type Certification (STC-SA02603CH-D) to remove Pratt
& Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-41 series engines on the Beechcraft
King Air 200 and replace them with new or serviceable PT6A-42
engines. StandardAero is the only PT6A designated overhaul facility
that can offer customers both maintenance, repair and overhaul
(MRO) and engine upgrade options.
"PT6A-41 engines have been in service for more than 35 years,
many of which are approaching their third and fourth overhaul,"
said StandardAero General Manager PT6A Business Unit, Manny Atwal.
"Low Cycle Fatigue replacement, Service Bulletin requirements and
customer build specifications are driving up the overhaul and
maintenance costs. With the StandardAero engine upgrade program,
customers can get a new PT6A-42 engine for a slightly higher cost
than overhauling their aging -41 engine, while increasing
performance and aircraft value."
Upgrading to the StandardAero PT6A-42 engine program provides
King Air 200 operators with the latest in PWC engine technology,
increased aircraft value and increased performance. True Airspeed
(TAS) at Flight Level 240 increases to 290 knots and no airframe
modifications are required. StandardAero also offers extended
warranty coverage to 10 years or base TBO.
To support the program with new
engines, Pratt & Whitney Canada has developed a Converter
Exchange Program that allows an operator to turn in their core for
new engines. Engines must be in serviceable condition and come with
StandardAero notes its Designated Alternation Station (DAS) in
Springfield, IL was instrumental in receiving this approval. This
dedicated group completed all of the FAA requirements and obtained
the STC in less than three months.
P&S Investments and the Staley Family of Little Rock, AR was
the launch customer for the re-engining project.
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