GE Aviation announced today at the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) Expo in Orlando that it has expanded the scope of TAE Aerospace within its Authorized Service Center network to support GE’s H-Series and M601 turboprop engines in North and South America.
In 2012, Australia-based TAE Aerospace became a Designated Repair Center supporting H-Series and M601 engines for the Asia Pacific region. The companies recently expanded their existing agreement to include heavy repair options in North and South America beginning in 2020.
This new agreement gives TAE Aerospace authorization to perform line maintenance inspections and routine installed engine maintenance, removal and replacement of engines and engine components, and heavy repairs for GE’s H-Series and M601 engines. GE will provide the necessary OEM parts to meet TAE's needs.
TAE has steadily built its presence in the United States with the acquisition of Copperstate Turbine Engine Company based in Phoenix in February. In August, they acquired Ag Air Turbines, based in Midvale, Idaho.
"TAE is a valuable member of our turboprop service network and has contributed to our customers’ growth and success in the Asia-Pacific region,” said GE’s president and CEO of Czech Republic Milan Slapak. “Expanding TAE’s expertise in North and South America benefits the entire industry. Working closer with TAE and continuing to nurture our ag service network demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality and reach of H-Series products and services.
GE has more than one thousand H-Series and M601 turboprop engines in service, allowing operators to fly diverse aircraft that includes the Thrush 510G and Aircraft Industries' L 410. These engines are in operation on six continents.
“TAE Aerospace has worked closely with GE and its H80 engine for the last five years in the Asia Pacific Region,” said TAE Aerospace Chief of Strategy Darren Hutchinson. “With today’s announcement, we now welcome the opportunity to expand this relationship into North and South America. We thank GE for their vote of confidence and look forward to working closely with them to support its American agricultural aviation operators.”
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 Aviation’s Authorized Service Network for business and general aviation engines numbers more than 50 sites globally for H-Series, M601, CFM56, CF34 and Passport engines. This network enables customers to have access to OEM-quality service and support around the world.