By James T. McKenna | March 6, 2017
StandardAero (booth 10353) marks a notable achievement at Heli-Expo this year: 50 years of overhauling the popular Model 250 turboshaft engine.
The Scottsdale, Arizona-headquartered maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in that half century has established itself as an expert in that stalwart powerplant of the light helicopter fleet, said StandardAero VP of Helicopter Programs Manny Atwal.
“We’ve been trusted for 50 years,” he said. “We’re committed to continue to move forward as well,” adding that the company has invested in product enhancements like elements of the Value Improvement Package that Rolls-Royce (the engine’s current manufacturer) developed for the M250 repair. He also highlighted StandardAero’s investment in facilities. “We got one of the most comprehensive component repair facilities and plating facilities in the world. We’re committed to this market, and to the M250 program.”
Founded in 1911, StandardAero has become one of the world’s largest independent MRO providers.
The engine that became the M250 originally was developed in the 1960s to power a new light observation aircraft for the U.S. Army. The aircraft at service selected, the Hughes OH-6, went into service in 1966 powered by what was then the house and T63. (Rolls-Royce acquired Allison in 1995.) StandardAero went to work on the first engine in 1967.
In the half-century since, StandardAero has provided operators worldwide with complete M250 engine and accessory MRO services. A Rolls-Royce-approved MRO center, the company has personnel operating out of locations worldwide to support helicopter owners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with services from complete overhauls in shop or aircraft-on-ground field support.
“We aim to make sure that the service level we provide meets or exceeds what customers are looking for,” said Atwal. “That’s where we really want to try to differentiate and help our customers and operators.”