StandardAero Enters 40th Year Supporting Airbus Helicopter Dynamic Components MRO Services

StandardAero’s Airbus helicopter dynamic components MRO facility, located in Richmond, BC, Canada, celebrates the company’s 40th year of supporting Airbus Helicopter dynamic components services. The facility is a full-fledged, D Level-rated MRO shop, supported by Airbus factory-trained technicians covering all MRO, VDI and BBOV disciplines for servicing Airbus helicopters.

The Richmond site offers full repair and overhaul — including testing — of AS350/H125, AS355, and H130/EC130 dynamic components. On-site capabilities include cleaning/stripping; Level II NDT covering MPI, FPI and in-house ECI; CMM measurement; coatings; a clean room for bonding; and a full complement of traditional and CNC machines to support in-house reworks. StandardAero also performs R&O on small components, such as shock absorbers and TGB spiders.

“Our Richmond team of technicians and engineers has a lengthy history when it comes to Airbus components, dating back to the mid-1980s,” says Andy Wong, general manager of StandardAero’s Richmond site.  “Additionally, we authorized to perform balancing on tail-rotor short shafts. This is a direct result of our OEM partnership, which is a cornerstone of our business philosophy.”

The Richmond Airbus shop boasts an extensive in-house repair catalogue for singular piece parts. All of the company’s inspectors and certified machinists have successfully completed the requisite Airbus BBOV training. This provides StandardAero the ability to salvage parts with Airbus-specified repairs contributing to a faster turnaround times while returning the original parts back to the customer.

To continue to maintain alignment with the OEM, the Richmond Airbus MRO shop completed the Airbus Special Process Audit in 2023 and is certified for more than a dozen critical Airbus Special Processes.

“We believe nothing is more important than ensuring the customer is mission-ready, and we have openly made our extensive rework capability available to all other dynamic component repair shops who do not possess in-house capability,” says Wong. “Our Richmond site also welcomes piece part repair requests directly from customers, and our engineers work closely with the engineers at Airbus to make every attempt to repair rather than replace parts in order to keep operator costs low and reliability high.”

If a more expedient solution is needed, StandardAero Richmond also offers a wide range of components available for exchange, from TGBs to bevels and epicyclics.

StandardAero Richmond is a Transport Canada-, FAA- and EASA-approved site and is compliant and current with ISO 9001:2015 and AS9110C. The site is currently in the final steps of obtaining ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification and expects to be completed by summer 2024.

Visit StandardAero at Booth #1922 at the 2024 HAI Heli-Expo event Feb. 27-29 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. 

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