Langkawi, 28 March 2019,Global Turbine Asia (GTA) today marked the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 38,000 flight hours on Safran Arrius 1A engines with a celebration at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA’19).

The Arrius 1A engines are fitted on the twin-engine AS555 SN Fennec helicopters flown by the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 502 Squadron Naval Air Wing. These helicopters are utilised in various roles such as training, detection and over-the-horizon targeting as well as anti-piracy missions. Notably, Navy Commandoes had foiled an attempted hijacking of a Malaysian chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden with a Fennec helicopter in 2011.

Global Turbine Asia Chief Executive Officer, Valerie Patuel remarked, “This achievement is the culmination of a successful relationship built on trust through the years. We are honoured to work hand-in-hand with the Royal Malaysian Navy to support their fleet of Arrius 1A. The maturity and maintenance practice of the 502 Squadron Naval Air Wing sets a high benchmark in our industry.”

Efficient, compact and robust, the Arrius engines were chosen to power numerous light helicopters. Arrius engines have been proven to comply with the highest standards in terms of reliability and safety and received the EASA Part 145 Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The Fennec helicopters were procured by the Malaysian government in 2001, with the first helicopter entering active service in late 2003.

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27 March 2019, Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition, Malaysia Global Turbine Asia, Weststar Aviation Services and Safran Power Units announce the signature of a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract covering the eAPU60 auxiliary power units fitted on operators’ AW189 helicopters. This contract formalizes a 3-year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 4 eAPU60.

“It all starts with delivering with our pledge to our customers. Aircraft availability and safe flight operations are paramount. At Weststar Aviation Services we take pride in delivering excellence to our customers under very demanding conditions and sometimes in remote operations. We need a dependable partner offering the highest level of support. We are confident through partnering with Global Turbine Asia our customers will receive uninterrupted levels of service” declared Russel George Allen, CTO of Weststar Aviation Services.

Valérie Patuel, CEO of Global Turbine Asia, announced that the partnership presented an opportunity for both parties to gain immense value through sharing their expertise and further enhancing the support levels required for demanding offshore Oil and gas operations: “Global Turbine Asia is the first company in Asia-Pacific region to have licensed engineers on eAPU60. We are very proud to support the largest Oil and gas Operator in the region and such a influential market leader like Weststar Aviation Services. We are confident the SBH will have a direct impact in their operation in terms of cost saving and aircraft availability optimization.

“This contract reflects the relationship of mutual trust between Weststar, Global Turbine Asia and Safran Power Units. Weststar selected us because of our recognized expertise and experience in turbine support services. We’re proud to initiate a long-term Support-By-Hour (SBH®) agreement with our strategic customer, Weststar” added Laurent Le Foll, Vice President Commercial & Customer Support of Safran Power Units.

This partnership compliments an existing collaboration between both parties on the SBH® covering Arriel 2S2 engines fitted on Weststar Aviation Services S-76C++ operated in Indonesia.

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Langkawi, 26 March 2019 – Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd (GTA) today signed an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) License agreement with the engine manufacturer Europrop International GmbH (EPI), paving the way for GTA to bid for maintenance activities of TP400-D6 engines used in A400M.

GTA had earlier attained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 certification for TP400-D6 engine in October 2018, making it the first non-European company to achieve the mandatory certification standard for military equipment.

Significantly, this AMO License agreement further consolidates the partnership between EPI and GTA. The agreement marks a major milestone in the industry and with this collaboration, constitutes the first time EPI relies on a foreign third party to carry out maintenance activities on their engine. It allows GTA to perform Level 1 and Level 2 (on-base) maintenance on TP400-D6 engines, the highest level attainable outside an OEM workshop.

The successful signing today is a culmination of GTA’s efforts that began in 2015 when it embarked on becoming the Malaysian reference as Safran’s helicopter engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), and also as a recognized centre of excellence for the fixed wing industry.

The partnership with EPI strengthens the foundation that GTA has been building towards becoming a homegrown Malaysian solution to the maintenance for state-of-the-art turboprop engines, with the medium-term ambition to also be a key player in the region. GTA’s aspiration is in direct support of the Malaysian Aerospace Blueprint 2030.

With the Airbus A400M and its TP400-D6 engine holding EASA certificates, EASA recognition is mandatory for any company seeking to become part of the TP400 ecosystem. The EASA 145 certification complements GTA’s Malaysian Directorate General for Technical Airworthiness (DGTA) AMO certificate achieved in 2017.

Being EASA Part 145 certified and a Europrop Approved Maintenance Organization for the TP400-D6 are key pre-requisites to be able to provide direct support to GTA’s longtime customer, the Royal Malaysian Airforce (RMAF). RMAF is a strategic user of the TP400-D6 in the Asia-Pacific region where GTA aims to extend their footprint.
Global Turbine Asia can be found in booth No B486 Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre, Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA’19).

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