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Rotorcraft Asia 2019: StandardAero builds regional presence

11th April 2019 - 08:00 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Singapore

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Not dissuaded by the variety of regulatory and infrastructure challenges that face companies in Asia-Pacific, StandardAero has responded by growing its regional hubs and connections.

The company has engine facilities in Singapore and Australia – the former centre caters for Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 support and the latter handles P&WC PT6T work; both sites also include repair and overhaul work.

Manny Atwal, VP of sales, marketing and business development at StandardAero explained more to Shephard: ‘In the Asia-Pacific region specifically, operators are spread across a number of countries with varying levels of infrastructure and regulatory requirements, which is why maintaining our in-region expertise is so imperative to supporting customers.’

Despite the challenges posed by a region so diverse, Atwal emphasised the domestic support which the company has harvested through third parties.

‘We have also taken a strategic approach in aligning with a number of well-established, in-country providers who serve as vetted and authorised service centres on our behalf,’ he said.

Atwal continued: ‘We also have significant airframe support and engineering capability based at our Center of Excellence for Helicopter Airframe MRO in Vancouver [Canada] which is fairly accessible for the Asia-Pacific marketplace.’

Recognising demand from operators seeking direct, regional support, Atwal said: ‘With major OEMs based in Europe and North America, having independent MRO capability in the region is something operators look for, along with technical support. We are able to provide this to customers via our regionally based shops and support teams.’

He said that regional prospects are in the area of airframe services including helicopter rewiring, avionics upgrades, engine MRO and STC development.

He continued: ‘There is a lot of opportunity in supporting the legacy fleets [within Asia-Pacific] which is really our area of expertise, but we are also very keyed into development in the region for newer platforms.’

These new developments could come from existing sectors which perform well such as utility and agriculture, fire-fighting, powerline inspection and forest and crop management.

Atwal added: ‘Governments and militaries are also a key segment, with extensive fleets and ample maintenance and life-extension requirements.’

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