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GE Names Prime Turbines as M601 and H Series Engine Designated Repair Center in the Americas

11/25/2014 | GE Aviation

Dallas-based Prime Turbines signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become a Designated Repair Center for M601 and H Series engine operators in the Americas.

Under this agreement, Prime Turbines will offer heavy repair services, engines rentals, line replacement unit rotable pools and field service support to all existing and future M601 and H80 engines. GE Aviation will provide OEM parts to meet Prime Turbine's needs.

"For 30 years, Prime Turbines has provided its customers with maintenance flexibility and reduced costs, making them a great fit with GE's engine service model," said Jim Stoker, president & managing executive of GE Aviation's Business and General Aviation Turboprops. "Prime Turbine's strong presence throughout the region will help us to assist our customers with quality service and support."

"Prime Turbines is very excited to expand our MRO services to the GE M601 series and H80 series clientele," said Paul Goffredi, Chief Operating Officer at Prime Turbines. "These engines are a natural extension to our portfolio as we increase our focus on the turboprop market."

The agreement with Prime Turbines represents the latest enhancement to GE's global turboprop support network. Earlier this year, GE added three new authorized service centers to bolster its global support network: Souther Field (Georgia), Mid Continent (Missouri) and Air Andes (Argentina). GE continues to add to its turboprop support network as the H Series operator base expands.

Since entering service, GE has delivered more than 150 H Series engines to operators flying diverse aircraft, including Aircraft Industries' L410 commuter plane and the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft. In addition, The H Series turboprop engine continues to win new applications and celebrate important milestones. GE Aviation's H Series turboprop engine powered three aircraft first flights in 2014, with a fourth first flight (Nextant's G90XT) expected in December 2014.

The H80 engine has received certification from 10 aviation authorities to date: EASA, FAA, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Uruguay, Russia and South Africa. GE plans to pursue additional certifications as needed to support the growing H80-powered fleet. GE has also received EASA and FAA certification for both the H75 (750 SHP) as well as the H85 (850 SHP).

The H Series turboprop incorporates GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection for a multitude of uses: agricultural, business turboprops, commuter and utility aircraft.

GE is also developing an integrated electronic engine control (EEC) for true single lever power control, and full auto-start capability to help ease pilot workload for H Series-powered aircraft.

Prime Turbines, a Killick Aerospace company, 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 2008, Prime Turbines was acquired by Killick Aerospace Group and expanded into six locations across the globe. Our 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.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

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