StandardAero Achieves CFM LEAP Engine Stand-Up

March 22, 2024
The San Antonio, Texas, facility is now ready to perform Continued Time Engine Maintenance (CTEM) workscopes for LEAP powerplants.

StandardAero’s engine overhaul center in San Antonio, Texas, has achieved another milestone in the introduction of its CFM International LEAP maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities.  As of March 18, the 810,000 sq. ft. facility is now ready to perform Continued Time Engine Maintenance (CTEM) workscopes for LEAP powerplants.  These include high-pressure turbine (HPT) shroud replacements, both for the LEAP-1A, which equips the Airbus A320neo family, and for the LEAP-1B, which powers the Boeing 737 MAX family.

StandardAero’s achievement of LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B CTEM readiness comes exactly one year after the company signed the first North American non-airline CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA) for the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B.  StandardAero’s San Antonio facility added the LEAP engine to its U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Operations Specifications last October, with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada certification subsequently added, and in December inducted its first customer LEAP-1B engine for a pre-CTEM workscope.

StandardAero remains on target to introduce functional and performance engine testing for LEAP in mid-2024, with the company due to achieve LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B Performance Restoration Shop Visit (PRSV) capability by the end of the year.

Commenting on the latest milestone, Lewis Prebble, president of Airlines & Fleets for StandardAero, said: “StandardAero is excited to introduce LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B CTEM capabilities in support of the LEAP open MRO ecosystem.  This achievement, which comes one year after we first joined the LEAP MRO network, enables us to support Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX operators worldwide.  Our team of MRO service specialists here in San Antonio look forward to introducing additional capabilities throughout the course of 2024, culminating in PRSV workscopes.”

In addition to establishing MRO capability for the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B at its San Antonio facility, StandardAero is also developing new engine component repairs for the LEAP family through its Components & Accessories division’s network of locations, and its Repair & Development Center of Excellence.

StandardAero also continues to grow its team of LEAP technicians through its in-house Aviation Mechanic Training Program at the San Antonio site’s Training Academy.

CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines founded in 1974.