StandardAero—Aircraft Engine Maintenance Specialists
StandardAero is recognized in the Aerospace industry as Aircraft Engine Maintenance Specialists. The company has earned this reputation due to the high degree of process controls designed into their operations, the focus on maintenance process data collection and analysis, and the efficient industrial processes implemented in each of their facilities.
“Data drives decisions”, said Mark Buongiorno, Vice President and General Manager of StandardAero San Antonio. “Our maintenance technicians collect real-time data, and our engineers and analysts assess the data regularly, then feed the process information back to our employees to improve each process” said Buongiorno. The process by which this data collection and analysis occurs is inculcated into the culture at StandardAero, and the results speak for themselves. The engine overhaul facility has been producing engines that last twice as long on wing than their competitors, which means the StandardAero customers are receiving a tremendous value for their money. StandardAero’s customer’s notice and appreciate the value incorporated into each engine component.
Just look at the recent announcements in San Antonio. In November of 2017, the United States Air Force awarded its T56 Engine Depot Overhaul contract to StandardAero, which ensures the company will continue its support of the USAF fleet of C-130H aircraft for an additional 8 ½ years, as an exclusive provider. The total contract value is more than $600M. New to this contract is the inclusion of an engine upgrade, designated the 3.5 engine configuration. “With this longer duration contract, we can work with the USAF to focus on time-on-wing improvement initiatives, which will help optimize the life-cycle-cost savings for the fleet of T56 engines”, said Buongiorno.
Additionally, in January 2018, StandardAero signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce to provide engine MRO services for the RB211 program, which designates StandardAero as the Rolls-Royce end-of-life engine maintenance service partner for these commercial airline engines that are anticipated to remain in service until the year 2040.
Then in April, StandardAero signed a 20-year Memorandum of Agreement with Rolls-Royce to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the AE 2100, AE 1107 and T56 Series IV engine models through the year 2038. This agreement has a projected value of over $15 billion over twenty years, designates StandardAero as the primary provider of MRO services for these engines.
Much of this new work will be implemented into StandardAero’s 577,000 ft² Engine Maintenance Facility located at Port San Antonio. The company has launched multiple implementation teams who will transition each workload into the facility, designing each of the operations to specific performance requirements. Engine Turn Time, space allocations, materials storage requirements, and “0 waste” industrial processes will be created utilizing lean process philosophies, just-in-time material delivery, and process controls that rival new manufacturing processes. The industrial processes are compliant with multiple rigorous certifications including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and FAA requirements.
StandardAero has worked closely with SAMA and the Alamo Aerospace Academy to provide a continuous stream of technicians into the workforce, and this partnership has worked well. “Our technician internships are our life-blood” said Mario Esquivel, Training and Development Specialist at StandardAero. “The quality of interns and graduates are top-notch, and with our new workloads being implemented, we will be depending even more on SAMA and Alamo Academies going forward”.
—Danny Gonzales,Vice President, Business Development Military & Energy Sector, StandardAero