StandardAero is to invest $10-12 million in leasehold improvements at its Springfield, Illinois MRO facility in partnership with Abraham Lincoln Capital airport. Investments and upgrades will be completed in three phases over a two and a half year period, and will be applied to major building improvements and modernisation including hangar door overhaul, interior door replacement, resurfacing of hangar floors, exterior paint, interior paint, HVAC replacements, flat roof replacements, paint facility equipment upgrades, parking area and road resurfacing.
“We have already started the repair and overhaul process for our hangar doors and we're proceeding with the other phased improvements,” says Dave Pearman, vice president and general manager of StandardAero Springfield. “We are grateful to the Abraham Lincoln Capital airport for its support and once all of the upgrades are completed, we'll essentially have a 'like new' operation.”
Earlier this year, Abraham Lincoln Capital airport implemented the installation of a 2.88MW solar project that consists of six solar arrays with over 6,500 panels on 7.5 acres of airport property. Now in full operation, the arrays generate nearly 4,000,000kWh annually and collectively form one of the largest solar arrays in the state of Illinois on an airport. StandardAero currently receives all of its electrical power from the solar arrays, making it one of the greenest facilities in the industry.
“We are grateful for StandardAero's continued commitment to the Springfield community,” says Mark Hanna, executive director of the Springfield Airport Authority. “We are very excited to share this opportunity with StandardAero to pursue these facilities improvements, which will of course enhance its operation upon completion but will also provide prospects for future growth.”
StandardAero Springfield supports primarily airframe maintenance for business aviation aircraft including scheduled maintenance, avionics installations, full interior refurbishments and full aircraft paint.
“The modernisation of our facility represents our commitment to our customers to deliver excellent customer service and the best quality aircraft service in the industry,” Pearman concludes.