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Pacific Propeller International Earns ‘Only Approved Source’ Status From US Air Force for New 54H60 Propeller Overhaul Technical Order Requirements

US Air Force Technical Order 3H1-18-3 Change 35, Supplement 9 contains the latest inspection, overhaul andrepair  requirements for the Hamilton Standard 54H60 Propeller Kent WA – November 12, 2020 Pacific Propeller international (PPI), a member of the Precision Aerospace Products (PAP) Group, has been given status as the only approved source globally for ongoing overhaul processes to the Hamilton Standard 54H60 propeller. The award comes after a very lengthy effort by PPI to successfully achieve more stringent Air Force overhaul requirements to the 54H60 propeller. 54H60 propellers are used on the C-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion aircraft, which are part of the US strategic arsenal and also heavily relied upon by US allies, commercial and international military operators.

The new overhaul requirements are the result of a 2017 crash that involved a US Marine KC-130T. It was determined corrosion in a propeller blade shank caused cracking which ultimately caused the blade to depart the aircraft inflight killing 16.

In its decision, the USAF recognized not only has PPI invested substantial capital along with engineering  and a state-of-the-art patented machining processes; but has more capability and capacity than other 54H60 approved propeller MROs worldwide.

This successful development by PPI will provide immediate relief to US military and international
customers that have been waiting for a resolution to return props to service for nearly three years. COO
and President, Tim Gellerson, commented on PPI’s approved source status, “I am very proud of the PPI
team. They were given a very challenging assignment that they implemented with great determination
and success. We are thankful the USAF and Collins went to such lengths to ensure the safety and continued operation of their C-130 assets. PPI was the first MRO to achieve the requirements. As such, we are the only facility in the world approved for the highly technical overhaul process.”

Recognition by the USAF is good news for military and civilian operators of C-130 and P-3 aircraft
globally. “Clearly, PPI’s technical dominance in cutting edge repair and overhaul techniques with its
impeccable record of success will provide US and international users of the C-130 and P-3 platforms with
the confidence that PPI will quickly deliver backlogged 54H60 propellers and get their planes back in the
air,” stated Jeff Heikke, CEO of Precision Aerospace Products.

Visit www.pacprop.com for more information on PPI and the Pacific Aerospace Product Group.

 

PPI Announces MRO Expansion into C-130 Brakes

Pacific Propeller International, LLC Adds to MRO Capability
C-130 Hercules Brake System Repair and Overhaul

As the global leader in C-130 propulsion MRO, Pacific Propeller International (PPI) now offers
operators expanded value added services with Hercules brake system repair and overhaul.

Kent WA – March 1, 2020 With nearly six decades of experience working with the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules airframe, PPI is expanding its capabilities to include repair and overhaul services to the Hercules braking system from its 64,000 square foot facility in Washington state.

This MRO expansion creates immediate value to existing PPI customers by simplifying the need to source multiple vendors. PPI’s vast experience and renowned technical knowledge of the C-130 airframe offers immediate confidence and trust for operators in need of brake repair and overhaul.

Jeff Otterstetter, PPI’s Director of Business Development, sees this new direction for PPI as something C-130 operators will immediately find of value; both with time savings to fleet operations and improved readiness, but also a more efficient process in dealing with a single known MRO expert  for multiple Hercules systems. “PPI is rapidly taking its strong aviation maintenance service history and expanding to provide our valued C-130 customers with more repair operations to keep their C-130 aircraft in service,” he says.

Buddy Tobin, PPI’s Vice President Sales, saw a need in the C-130 community for more MRO capacity.  “PPI approached this expansion with vigor and safety in the forefront of our minds. Our global business team consistently seeks out challenges to the C-130 market, and brakes were one of those operator challenges we have tackled. Operators demand quality, safety, and quick turnaround when selecting service providers for their equipment. PPI provides that and more.”

Since 1946, military and commercial operators around the world have relied on Pacific Propeller and its sister company, PPI Technical Services, as the leading provider of C-130 propulsion knowledge, repair and overhaul. Now these customers can trust PPI for the same level of quality, workmanship and rapid turnaround times for their aircrafts’ braking systems.

For further information, please contact PPI at 253-872-7767 or www.pacprop.com.

About Pacific Propeller International

Since 1946, Pacific Propeller International (PPI) has been providing global repair and overhaul services to regional aircraft, as well as many of the world’s military operators of large transport propeller aircraft. Today, PPI is respected worldwide as an industry leader among customers and competitors alike.
PPI provides customers with repair and overhaul in its 64,000-square foot facility in Kent, Washington USA. Employing the most experienced propulsion professionals, PPI customers can rely and count on the decades of knowledge only experience offers from respected engineers and technicians

Pacific Propeller International is selected as Dowty Propellers’ Authorized Repair and Overhaul Facility for CASA 212, Jetstream 31, and Metro/Merlin propellers

Gloucester, England – Dowty Propellers today announced an agreement establishing Pacific Propeller International (PPI) as a Dowty authorized repair and overhaul facility for Dowty’s metal-bladed propellers installed on the CASA 212 (R334), Jetstream 31(R333), Merlin (R324) and Metro/Merlin aircraft (R321).

Under the terms of this agreement, Dowty Propellers will provide training, technical data, equipment and support to assist in establishing new repair and overhaul capability. Additionally, Dowty Propellers will provide ongoing engineering and technical assistance, as well as perform specialized repair processes to support PPI’s ongoing maintenance operations.

“PPI’s repair and overhaul expertise ensures high-quality OEM-backed maintenance services to customers operating and maintaining Dowty Propellers’ metal propellers,” stated Henry Johnston, the Services Executive for Dowty Propellers. “This will enable Dowty Propellers’ own repair and overhaul facilities to focus their efforts and know-how on our composite blade propellers. PPI has been repairing metal blade propellers for decades, and we are confident its expertise in servicing and supporting operators with these propeller types will be of great benefit to customers.”

Tim Gellerson, the President of PPI’s Aerospace Group, added: “I thank Dowty Propellers for this opportunity. We look forward to a great partnership and maintaining the excellent customer service that both of our companies currently provide.”

About Dowty Propellers

As a leader in the development, manufacture and support of electronically controlled, all-composite propeller systems, Dowty Propellers provides solutions for the propulsion needs of today and tomorrow. Its products are used in applications that range from commercial airliners and military airlifters to multi-role seaplanes and marine hovercraft.

With a proven record of product development, introduction and support, Dowty Propellers continually invests in technologies, production capabilities and human resources – resulting in propeller systems that are safe, efficient and reliable. Its history of firsts-to-market includes the all-composite propeller blade and full-authority digital propeller control. More than 23,000 advanced composite blades have been delivered to date by Dowty Propellers, with the lead blade logging over 45,000 hours of flight time.

About Pacific Propeller International (www.pacprop.com)

Since 1946, Pacific Propeller International has been providing global repair and overhaul services to regional aircraft, as well as many of the world’s military operators of large transport propeller aircraft. Today, PPI is respected worldwide as an industry leader among customers and competitors alike.

PPI provides customers with repair and overhaul in its 64,000-square foot facility in Kent, Washington. USA. Employing the most experienced propulsion professionals, PPI customers can rely and count on the decades of knowledge only experience offers from respected engineers and technicians.

http://dowty.com/press-releases/pacific-propeller-international/

 

 

Tim Gellerson Title Change

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Pacific Propeller International will be hosting its 2nd Annual Engineering Seminar at the Museum of Flight located in Seattle, Washington. The event will take place April 9th, 2019.

PPI’s main goal is to identify challenges and solutions associated with maintaining an aging fleet from an engineering and maintenance perspective.

We are hoping to bring many thought-provoking discussions and sessions during a two-day conference. Not only do we want to share some of the engineering challenges we are working through, but we would like to encourage other guests to present any topics that they think could be of value to the aerospace community. This can be anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours. This seminar does not just need to be just propeller specific.

The Engineering Seminar will be 8AM to 5PM. During this time PPI will be providing:
– Breakfast and Lunch both days.
– Pass to explore the Museum of Flight.

If you are attending or would like to attend, please follow this link to register for the two day event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/change-of-date-pacific-propeller-international-2nd-annual-engineering-seminar-tickets-46885971202?aff=affiliate1 or please email your response to Melissa Watts at [email protected] and acknowledge if you would be willing to make a presentation, as we would greatly appreciate it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

We hope you can make it!

UTAS and PPI Reach Landmark MRO Agreement in Support of C-130 and P-3 Propellers

Under the terms of the agreement, Pacific Propeller International will be the primary 54H60 propeller repair/overhaul center worldwide.

pictures-_-p3_c130Kent WA – October 1, 2016 – Pacific Propeller International LLC (PPI), has been designated as the primary repair and overhaul center for the 54H60 propeller system by UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS).

“Being selected by UTAS is a real distinction and honor for PPI and its affiliates, C&S Propeller and PPI Technical Services. The agreement enables PPI and UTAS to take C-130/P-3 propeller maintenance and technical development to the next level,” said Al Hayward, PPI’s Vice President of Sales.

Under the agreement, the UTAS Maastricht facility will no longer provide 54H60 repair and overhaul services. All tools and equipment will be acquired by PPI and re-located to its 64,000 square foot facility in Kent, Washington. Furthermore, PPI will have complete access to UTAS technical publications and technical support for the 54H60 product.

Robert Schechtman, Hamilton Sundstrand’s Propeller Systems Business Manager, noted, “In a review of their repair services offered, UTAS considered a primary Licensee assignment to PPI as the preferred sustainable solution for future maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) requirements.”

This agreement is a win-win for operators of C-130 and P-3 aircraft. PPI has earned a reputation of quality and workmanship through focus on knowledge, relationships and solutions with an emphasis on safety and outstanding customer service. This agreement with UTAS validates the group’s well-regarded position in the industry for the past 60 years.

Precision Aerospace Products LLC Makes Organizational Changes to Support Growth Strategy Across All Business Units

Kent, Washington September 28, 2016 – Precision Aerospace Products, LLC (PAP) has made organizational changes to bring focus on expanding core competencies, developing new products and services, and more effectively utilizing people and skills across PAP’s group of five independent business units.

Jeff Heikke, CEO Precision Aerospace Products LLC
Jeff Heikke, CEO
Precision Aerospace Products LLC

Jeff Heikke has been promoted to CEO of Precision Aerospace Products, LLC.

Tim Gellerson has been promoted to President of the Aerospace Group. Tim will continue his direct leadership of two PAP subsidiaries: Pacific Propeller International and C&S Propeller. As the new Group President, Tim will now lead PAP’s global sales and business development team.

Adnan Paruk has been promoted to PAP’s Senior Vice President for Sales, Business Development and Marketing.

Tim Gellerson, President, Aerospace Group Precision Aerospace Products LLC
Tim Gellerson, President, Aerospace Group Precision Aerospace Products LLC

As CEO of Precision Aerospace Products, LLC, Jeff Heikke sees these changes as fundamentally shaping the organization to meet the long term service and support demands of the global markets in which PAP companies operate. “With ambitious growth targets ahead, PAP will focus on leveraging our leadership talent and experience across our five independent business units. Integrated relationships are key to both our company’s success and that of our customers.”

Adnan Paruk, Senior Vice President for Sales, Business Development & Marketing, Precision Aerospace Products LLC
Adnan Paruk, Senior Vice President for Sales, Business Development & Marketing
Precision Aerospace Products LLC

Mr. Heikke is confident the appointments of Tim Gellerson and Adnan Paruk will bring value to all PAP business units and ultimately their global customers. “Tim’s proven record of leadership and operational excellence perfectly complements the goal of the Precision Aerospace Products group: To aggressively grow our military and commercial enterprise. Adnan Paruk gives PAP businesses nearly 30 years of sales and business development experience in international aviation. His background developing and executing global sales strategies across multiple aerospace companies will help the PAP group reach new markets and position for worldwide regional support. Adnan is anchored by a strong and seasoned team as he oversees building a dynamic sales structure to support our ambitious growth plans.”

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ABOUT PRECISION AEROSPACE PRODUCTS LLC 

Based in Kent, Washington Precision Aerospace Products is a holding entity of diverse companies committed to the aerospace and defense industries.

Precision Aerospace Products offers category leading products and technical services along with guidance and expertise to improve military aviation and business readiness; maintain cost efficiencies and enhance business opportunities on a global scale.

With unparalleled business success spanning decades, Precision Aerospace Products delivers results to our global customers, employees and stakeholders.

Our value lies in our driving focus: success through Knowledge, Relationships and Solutions.

www.precisionaerospaceproducts.com

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Awards Pacific Propeller International Five-Year Support Contract

 PPI to provide overhaul services for the Hamilton Sundstrand 54H60-77 

propeller assembly and components

 

Kent WA – September 15, 2016, The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Pacific Propeller International (PPI) a five-year support contract to provide overhaul services for the Hamilton Sundstrand 54H60-77 propeller assembly and components.

The five-year contract consists of a one-year base, followed by four single-year options. The contract value is nearly four million dollars ($4M USD) for the Kent, Washington based company if all options are exercised.

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The contract award includes support maintenance, repair and overhaul to the entire propeller system including blades, controls, spinners and synchronizers.

The 54H60-77 propeller system operates on a pair of NOAA’s four engine Lockheed WP-3D Orion ‘Hurricane Hunter’ aircraft whose primary mission is to collect potentially life-saving weather information during hurricane season.

PPI is an FAA authorized repair station, certified under FAR 145. For more than a half century PPI has been recognized as an accomplished global repair and overhaul facility and has enjoyed several smaller, quantity specific USCG 54H60 propeller awards. “This five-year competitive award contract substantiates NOAA’s confidence in PPI’s commitment to support their fleet,” said Al Hayward, VP Director of Sales and Marketing. “We have the facility, in-house capabilities and expertise to satisfy demanding customers like NOAA who require worldclass repair and overhaul. We’re honored to be of service to NOAA,” Hayward added.

United States Coast Guard Awards Pacific Propeller International Five-Year Support Contract

PPI to provide overhaul services for the Hamilton Sundstrand 54H60-117 propeller assembly and components

photoKent WA – August 4, 2016, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Pacific Propeller International (PPI) a five-year support contract to provide overhaul services for the Hamilton Sundstrand 54H60-117 propeller assembly and components.

The 54H60-117 propeller system operates on the USCG’s fleet of C-130 Hercules Heavy Lift, Search and Rescue aircraft. The five-year contract consists of a one-year base, followed by four single-year options.

PPI is an FAA authorized repair station, certified under FAR 145. For more than a half century PPI has been recognized as an accomplished global repair and overhaul facility and has enjoyed several smaller, quantity specific USCG 54H60 propeller awards. “This five-year competitive award contract substantiates the USCG’s confidence in PPI’s commitment to support their fleet,” said Al Hayward, VP Director of Sales and Marketing. “We have the facility, in-house capabilities and expertise to satisfy customers like the USCG who require worldclass repair and overhaul. We’re honored to be of service to the USCG,” Hayward added.

For further information, please contact PPI at 253-722-7767 or www.pacprop.com.

Pacific Propeller International Adds Electric Motor Testing, Repair and Overhaul to Services Offered – Auxiliary motors for military and civilian operators

Kent WA – July 19, 2016, With the implementation of a new motor test rig and work station within its 64,00 square foot facility, Pacific Propeller International (PPI) has added electric motor testing, repair and overhaul to its lineup of airframe service capabilities.

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Specifically, PPI is initially targeting auxiliary motors for both military and civilian operators of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules (P/N 537873) and Orion P-3 (P/N 540299) aircraft.

In general, Pacific Propeller can now offer test, repair and overhaul services for motors up to 55 inch pounds of torque, speeds up to 25,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) and a maximum power rating of 3,400 watts.

Tim Gellerson, PPI’s Vice President General Manager, is pleased to offer existing and new PPI customers this added line of service. “PPI has long been known for its ability to repair and overhaul a complex list of propellers within the aerospace industry both military and civil.  What is not so well known, is PPI’s capability for repairing and overhauling motors. PPI currently is repairing/overhauling/testing C-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion auxiliary motors, but welcomes the opportunity to not only work on these auxiliary motors, but to quote PPI’s servicing of all motors that fall within the limitations of our newly established test equipment.”

For further information, please contact PPI at 253-722-7767 or www.pacprop.com.