Winnipeg River Aircraft Becomes Authorized Service Center for GE's M601 and H80 Engines

EVENDALE, OHIO - June 1, 2010 -- GE Aviation has named Winnipeg River Aircraft as an Authorized Service Center for the M601 and H80 engines.

As part of the agreement, Winnipeg River Aircraft will offer comprehensive line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and LRUs and engine spares for the M601 and H80 engine families. GE Aviation will provide Winnipeg River Aircraft with comprehensive material support and training.

"Winnipeg River Aircraft has been providing engine maintenance and support for M601 engines since 2000," said Paul Theofan, president and managing executive of GE Aviation's Business and General Aviation Turboprops. "This experience was the reason GE selected the facility to be an Authorized Service Center for M601 and H80 engines."

Winnipeg River Aircraft is a full service aircraft maintenance facility near Pine Falls, Manitoba, Canada. With 17 years experience and three licensed mechanics on staff, Winnipeg River Aircraft offers a full range of commercial and private light aircraft maintenance. The company specializes in deHavilland DHC-3 Otter airplanes and single-engine Cessna float and wheel/ski equipped aircraft. It also performs sheet metal repair, welding, and airframe overhaul and modifications. Winnipeg River Aircraft has a 2,800 ft. grass airstrip and a heated 60' by 70' hangar for regular scheduled maintenance as well as non-scheduled jobs, such as aircraft salvage and rebuild, major overhauls and refurbishing.

Certification testing continues on the 800 shaft horsepower H80 engine, which is scheduled to enter service on the Thrush 510 later this year. The H80 engine combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials and will power business and general aviation, utility and agriculture aircraft. The new turboprop engine is a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine than the M601 with no calendar limit and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine will also feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours and 6,600 cycles between overhauls, significantly enhanced hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude cruise speeds. The H80 will provide the option of a single or dual acting governor, allowing customers to select their propeller.

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