StandardAero gains USAF contract for Rolls-Royce T56 engine works


StandardAero has received a contract from the US Air Force (USAF) to carry out Rolls-Royce T56 engine maintenance and related activities.  

Under the one-year 'bridge' contract, StandardAero will be the sole T56 engine depot for the USAF and the US Navy in 2017.

The contract covers T56 overhaul, while the USAF prepares for a future commercial competition that will result in a multi-year maintenance contract, StandardAero said in a statement.

StandardAero vice-president and general manager Terry Hastman said: "We are proud to continue our support of the USAF’s fleet of C-130H aircraft.

"To be entrusted with continuing to supply world-class engine MRO services is a responsibility we take very seriously."

"T56 is a turboprop engine with a 14-stage axial flow compressor driven by a four-stage turbine unit."

Rolls-Royce said that T56 is a turboprop engine with a 14-stage axial flow compressor driven by a four-stage turbine unit.

The engine's gearbox has two stages of gear reduction, features a propeller brake and is connected to the power section by a torque meter assembly.

In addition, the engine features can-annular type combustor and the accessory drive housing.

Currently operating military and civil aircraft in 70 countries, T56 has recorded more than 200 million operating hours.

In March, the USAF awarded a contract for performing T56 engine upgrades, known as the model 3.5 upgrade, which improves fuel efficiency, reduces maintenance costs, increases reliability and enhances performance.

The 3.5 upgrade requires no changes to the aircraft or controls.