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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., announced at the Canadian Aerial Applicators Association (CAAA) conference and tradeshow that it has appointed Portage Aircraft Maintenance Ltd. (Portage) as its first designated maintenance facility (DMF) in Canada. Based in Portage la Prairie, Man., this new DMF will offer line maintenance and Mobile Repair Team (MRT) services for PT6A-11AG, -15AG, -34AG, -60AG, -65AG, -67AG and -140AG engine models, which power the world’s most popular agricultural (AG) aircraft.
“We’re thrilled to be the first in Canada to work with Pratt & Whitney Canada in this way,” said Dave Frisch, president of Portage. “The success of aerial AG operations has been due in large part to the dependability of the PT6A engine. We look forward to contributing to the continuing success of this engine and that of AG operators throughout Canada.”
Portage provides a comprehensive range of maintenance and repair services through its 8,400-square-foot climate-controlled maintenance facility. Portage also has a 3,100-square-foot paved runway for the convenience of its customers.
“We’re excited to establish this relationship with Portage Aircraft Maintenance here in Canada,” said Satheeshkumar Kumarasingam, vice-president of Customer Service at P&WC. “By working with entities like Portage Aircraft Maintenance, we’re able to better serve our customers with more localized and personalized services. It’s through collaborations like these that we continue to expand our global footprint and deliver enhanced capabilities to our customers.”
P&WC has a comprehensive global service network that consists of owned facilities, designated overhaul facilities, authorized repair facilities, and DMFs. Additionally, the company has more than 100 field support representatives strategically located around the globe, complemented by an equal number of Mobile Repair Team technicians who can be rapidly deployed virtually anywhere in the world. The company’s CFirst customer response centres in Longueuil, Que., and in Singapore provide service and support to operators around the clock. Parts can be rapidly shipped from seven parts distribution centres located around the world.