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StandardAero hits ten year milestone at Brisbane
The Brisbane facility has enjoyed significant growth over the past decade. Having started out providing Royal Flying Doctor Service support, it now marks its 1,000th RFDS work request.
The RFDS PC-12 formation flight celebrates a decade of engine MRO by StandardAero at Brisbane.

StandardAero is this month celebrating the 10th anniversary of its engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Opened in March 2013, the Brisbane location is a Pratt & Whitney Canada-authorised PT6A Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) with distribution rights on certain engine models. The 22,000 sq ft facility also provides field service support for a number of other P&WC engines, including the JT15D, PT6T, PW100 and PW300.

The Brisbane facility has enjoyed significant growth over the past 10 years, and today its team of 63 employees, who between them have over 500 years experience on the PT6A, serves operators across the whole of Australia and Asia, offering full MRO support for no less than 55 different variants of the PT6A.

One of the main drivers behind StandardAero opening the Brisbane facility was to provide support for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), which provides life-saving services throughout Australia with a fleet of 79 aircraft, including the PT6A-powered Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air. Today the RFDS accounts for approximately 35 per cent of the Brisbane shop's activity, and the facility recently marked completion of its 1,000th work order for the RFDS.

StandardAero provides PT6A MRO support to four different RFDS entities, namely Central Operations, Queensland Section, South Eastern Section and Western Operations, across a variety of engine variants, including the PT6A-42, -52, -60A, -67A, -67B and -67P.

The Queensland section of the RFDS also recently presented the StandardAero Brisbane team with a special plaque to commemorate the 'awesome effort' that went into delivering a 50-day turnaround on the overhaul of a PT6A-60A engine powering one of the section's King Air 350 aircraft.

“It is truly gratifying to reflect on the achievements of the Brisbane facility team over the past decade,” says Brisbane vice president and general manager Stephen Leigh. “Our employees embody StandardAero's commitment to exceeding customer expectations and we are proud to support a broad mix of operators from across Australia and beyond, not least the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our customers and to celebrating our next 10 years.”

StandardAero is the world's largest independent Pratt & Whitney Canada authorised PT6A Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) with distribution rights on certain engine models. The company supports the global PT6A operator community from four DOFs located in North America, Europe, Africa and Australasia, backed up by a global network of six service centres and over 20 dedicated mobile repair technicians. With more than 55 years of reliable turboprop experience, StandardAero provides operators with a nose-to-tail suite of services, including repair schemes, re-engineering STCs, engine exchanges, rentals and Engine Condition Trend Monitoring (ECTM) analysis.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24 hour emergency service to people that live, work and travel across the 7.69 million square kilometres of Australia.

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