New Canadian turboprop test cell opens

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Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has opened a new engine test cell at its Summerside facility on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The multimillion-dollar test cell is the result of a financing partnership with provincial and federal governments and is capable of supporting turboprop engines producing up to 5,000shp (shaft horsepower). It joins three existing test stands at Summerside – two dedicated to turboprops and one to turbofans.

The new cell will expand Vector’s local test capacity on turboprop models supported from the Summerside overhaul facility, such as the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A and PW100 series, thus minimizing turnaround times (TATs) for its customers globally and supporting further market share growth.

At a news conference on Wednesday, May 11, Vector Aerospace president and CEO Declan O’Shea announced the extension of an engine maintenance contract with the company’s long-standing customer Jazz: “Under the terms of this contract, we will be the sole provider of engine maintenance repair and overhaul services for the entire fleet of Pratt & Whitney Canada Dash 8 regional turbo-props.”

This contract and extension will run until 2025.

May 13, 2016

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