Oct. 13, 2010 - Smyrna, Tenn. - Smyrna Air Center has authorized Stevens Aviation to be a part of the Power 90 Upgrade Program and install the GE M601 engine on King Air 90 aircraft. Smyrna Air Center in Smyrna, Tennessee, holds the rights to the Power 90 conversion Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).
The Power 90 Upgrade Program is a conversion program for owners of King Air 90, A90, B90, C90 and E90 aircraft, in which the installed engines are replaced with the powerful 705 shaft-horsepower (shp) GE M601E-11A engines.
Owners of King Air C90 aircraft who take advantage of the Power 90 Upgrade Program and upgrade engines to the GE M601E-11A engine will gain "... significantly increased operating efficiency, reduced variable costs, and net savings ..." according to a July 2010 study by Conklin & de Decker performed for GE Aviation. The comparative analysis of the GE engine against its competition was acknowledged by Vref, which recently recognized 100 percent of the conversion cost in the value added to a C90 when the GE engine upgrade was selected.
"At Stevens Aviation, our main concern is engine support," said Gary Ward, Stevens Aviation Technical Sales. "Knowing that the credibility and reliability of GE Aviation is behind the Power 90 Upgrade Program, we are ready to join the Power 90 Upgrade team and support our customers."
"Along with Smyrna Air Center and GE Aviation, Stevens Aviation is dedicated to providing exceptional service to King Air owners and operators," said Bob Fields, President of Smyrna Air Center. "We are proud to have them joining the Power 90 Upgrade team, and we are looking forward to expanding our presence in the King Air market."
"Smyrna Air Center has proven to be a strong advocate for GE's turboprop engines with its Power 90 conversion Upgrade Program on King Air 90 aircraft, and we are excited that Stevens Aviation will become part of Smyrna Air Center's Power 90 Upgrade team," said Brad Mottier, GE Aviation Vice President and General Manager of Business and General Aviation.
About Stevens Aviation
Founded in 1950 as the flight department for JP Stevens Co., Stevens Aviation has grown into an aviation services group with operations across the US, providing heavy aircraft maintenance, upgrade, completion and modification services, new and used aircraft sales and charter services. Stevens provides factory authorized services for Raytheon, Bombardier and Piaggio aircraft and FAR145 authorized services on Citations and other aircraft. Headquartered in Greenville, SC, Stevens operates facilities in Denver CO (BJC), Nashville TN (BNA), Dayton OH (DAY), Greenville SC (GYH) and Greer SC (GSP). For more information, visit www.stevensaviation.com.
About Smyrna Air Center
Smyrna Air Center is Middle Tennessee's one-stop aviation support center located in Smyrna, TN, near Nashville. Smyrna Air Center is a state-of-the art facility which houses a Full-Service FBO, aircraft management and brokerage, charter services, and a 145 Repair Station offering full Maintenance and Avionics. For more information and additional services, visit www.smyrnaaircenter.com.
About GE Aviation
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 and business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings.
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