December 5, 2017
EVENDALE, Ohio -- Dallas-based Prime Turbines LLC, a subsidiary of VSE Aviation, Inc., has advanced its partnership with GE Aviation from a Designated Repair Center (DRC) to an Authorized Repair and Overhaul Center (AROC) for GE M601 and H Series turboprop engines.
Under the new designation, Prime Turbines now has the authority to accept and overhaul all GE M601 and H Series engines. Prime Turbines is the first AROC outside of Prague, Czech Republic, for these engines. As an AROC, Prime Turbines adds a new level of convenience for GE M601 and H Series owners and operators, allowing more flexible turnaround time for their turboprop overhauls.
With customers already lined up, Prime Turbines expects to have its first GE M601 engine overhauled by the end of the year. "We are pleased to team with GE Aviation as they continue to expand their presence in the turboprop market with both the M601 and H Series engines," said Paul Goffredi, President and Chief Operating Officer at VSE Aviation, Inc. "These engines are a natural extension to our portfolio as well as we increase our focus on the turboprop market."
GE has more than one thousand M601 and H Series turboprop engines in service, allowing operators to fly diverse aircraft that includes the Thrush 510G and Aircraft Industries' L410. These engines are in operation on six continents.
GE Aviation's support network has expanded to include U.S. facilities at ASI Jet in Minnesota, Cascade Conversions in Washington, Mid Continent in Missouri, and two facilities in Georgia -- Souther Field and Thrush. GE Aviation's North American support network also include Winnipeg River (Manitoba) and Yorkton Aircraft (Saskatchewan) in Canada. In total, the global M601 and H Series support network has reached 25 support centers on 6 continents to keep our customers flying.
"Prime Turbines continues to provide its customers with maintenance flexibility and reduced costs, making them a great fit with GE's engine service model," said Brad Mottier, GE Aviation's Vice President for Business Aviation and Integrated Systems. "Their expertise and strong presence throughout the region will help us to assist our customers with quality service and support."
GE retained the rugged, reliable features of the legacy M601 engine, and infused advanced aerodynamics, materials, manufacturing, and quality processes to produce a modern turboprop engine family known as the H Series.
Ranging from 750 to 850 SHP, H Series turboprops incorporate GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine. H Series provides added maintenance value with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no intermediate hot section inspection. GE offers H Series engines with up to 4000-hour time between overhaul (TBO) for Agriculture, Utility and Business Aviation aircraft. An extension program is also offered to extend TBOs for in-service engines.
This week, GE Aviation is attending the National Agriculture Aviation Association Convention in Savannah, GA, to demonstrate H Series value for agricultural operation - enhanced durability, maintenance simplicity and performance capability with lower maintenance cost.
Check us out at NAAA or learn more at https://www.geaviation.com/h-series-engine
About Prime Turbines
Prime Turbines, LLC, a subsidiary of VSE Aviation, Inc., has been providing quality, reliability and cost-efficient solutions for corporate and agricultural turboprop engines for more than 30 years. Prime Turbines was established in 1984 to provide MRO services to owners and operators by providing high-quality affordable services. In 2015, Prime Turbines was acquired by VSE Corporation, a diversified sustainment and services company. Prime Turbines’ goal is to provide the highest level of craftsmanship, customer service and value so that your engine will return to our facilities for all phases of its life cycle.
About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, integrated digital, avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings and is part of the world’s Digital Industrial Company with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive.
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