Should you overhaul or exchange your PT6 or PW helicopter engine?

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Should I overhaul or exchange my helicopter engine ?

The key difference between overhauling your current helicopter engine and exchanging it for an already overhauled unit is one: availability. When choosing between an overhaul or exchange, it is also important to consider the average lead time. The usual lead time for a PT6T-3B engine (Power Section only) overhaul is somewhere between 30 and 60 days. When it comes to PT6C-67C, PW206 and PW207 engines it is not much different. If your mission profile or contract requires you to maintain aircraft availability at all times, and you don’t have a spare engine to bridge the gap, going the exchange route can be highly beneficial. While the overhaul managed by Optima Aero would typically allow for up to 20% cost reduction compared to a standard helicopter engine overhaul thanks to our preferential vendor agreements, volume discounts and large parts inventory, a readily available exchange PW&C engine is the perfect balance between cost control and availability. Built to your specific requirements and schedule, this option minimizes your downtime. Ultimately, you should choose the option that best fits your operational reality and benefit from the advantages each alternative brings with it.

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Why Optima Aero?

Optima Aero is your reliable partner for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T, PT6B, PT6C and PW200 engines and the leading provider of innovative engine asset management solutions to help operators achieve the Optimal Balance between cost control, capital efficiency and mission readiness.

  • • Innovative solutions customized to your needs
  • • Best-in-class product knowledge and asset management capabilities
  • • Large inventory of overhauled parts
  • • Extensive industry supplier network, including volume rebates and embodiment discounts

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