Orlando, Fla. – Oct. 7, 2008 – StandardAero and Wipaire Inc. have signed a support center agreement, authorizing Wipaire as a StandardAero-approved installation facility for the Cessna Caravan 208-series aircraft engine-upgrade program. This engine-upgrade program replaces the PT6A-114 (600 shp)/114A (675 shp) powerplants with the PT6A-135A (750 shp) powerplant. Providing an alternative to traditional overhaul, the new engine provides an increase in power at altitude and an improved rate of climb. A redesigned air inlet results in improved ram air recovery to the engine intake – further increasing engine performance. Engines will be available for installation in the first quarter of 2009.
“As a world leader in manufacturing of floats for small, amphibian turboprop aircraft, coupled with years of experience in airframe (STC) modifications, paint and interior, Wipaire is a great partner to introduce this program to Cessna Caravan 208-series operators,” said StandardAero General Manager PT6A Business Unit, Manny Atwal. He added: “Wipaire is the first support center to be able to provide this service to Cessna Caravan 208-series operators. This partnership will enhance the level of support for our customers not only during the conversion process but afterwards from a maintenance perspective.”
StandardAero is the only Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A designated overhaul facility that can offer customers both maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and engine upgrade options.