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StandardAero enters 40th year supporting Airbus helicopter MRO
The company's Richmond team believes customers must be mission ready, and has openly made its extensive rework capability available to all other dynamic component repair shops that do not have in-house capability.

StandardAero's MRO facility in Richmond, British Columbia in Canada, recently celebrated its 40th year of supporting Airbus Helicopter dynamic components services. The facility is a fully-fledged, D Level rated MRO shop, supported by Airbus factory trained technicians covering all MRO, VDI and BBOV disciplines for servicing Airbus helicopters.

The Richmond site offers full repair and overhaul, including testing, of AS350/H125, AS355 and H130/EC130 dynamic component. On-site capabilities include cleaning/stripping, Level II NDT covering MPI, FPI and in-house ECI, CNC CMM measurement, coatings, a clean room for bonding and a full complement of traditional and CNC machines to support in-house reworks. StandardAero also performs R&O on small components such as shock absorbers and TGB spiders.

"Our Richmond team of technicians and engineers has a lengthy history when it comes to Airbus components, dating back to the mid-1980s," says general manager Andy Wong. "Additionally, we are authorised to perform balancing on tail rotor short shafts. This is a direct result of our OEM partnership, which is a cornerstone of our business philosophy."

The Richmond Airbus shop boasts an extensive in-house repair catalogue for singular piece parts. All of the company's inspectors and certified machinists have successfully completed the requisite Airbus BBOV training. This provides StandardAero the ability to salvage parts with Airbus specified repairs, contributing to a faster turnaround times while returning the original parts back to the customer.

To continue to maintain alignment with the OEM, the Richmond Airbus MRO shop completed the Airbus Special Process Audit in 2023 and is certified for more than a dozen critical Airbus Special Processes.

"We believe nothing is more important than ensuring the customer is mission ready, and we have openly made our extensive rework capability available to all other dynamic component repair shops that do not possess in-house capability," adds Wong. "Our Richmond site also welcomes piece part repair requests directly from customers, and our engineers work closely with the engineers at Airbus to make every attempt to repair rather than replace parts in order to keep operator costs low and reliability high."

If a more expedient solution is needed, StandardAero Richmond also offers a wide range of components available for exchange from TGBs to bevels and epicyclics.

StandardAero Richmond is a TC, FAA and EASA approved site and is compliant and current with ISO 9001:2015 and AS9110C. The site is currently in the final steps of obtaining ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification and expects this to be completed by summer 2024.

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