The Chilean Navy (Armada de Chile) has contracted VSE Aviation’s (VAI) subsidiary Prime Turbines to conduct the overhaul and upgrade of two PT6A-25 turboprop engines.
The turboprop engines are used by the Chilean Navy to power its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft, which are primarily deployed for pilot training purposes.
VSE Aviation president and chief operating officer Paul Goffredi said: “We are grateful to the Chilean Navy for entrusting us with this work. These overhauls are the first of what we hope will be many more.”
Goffredi added: “We’d like to thank our appointed representative, NewCont Chile, with assisting us in winning this award and look forward to receiving the engines in the next few weeks.”
PT6A-25 is the compact variant of the PT6A family of turboprop engines, which has been developed by Pratt and Whitney Canada (P&WC).
P&WC’s PT6 engines are most commonly used to power turboprop military training jets such as the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor aircraft.
The PT6A engines are used to address demanding, high-cycle / high-power applications in single and twin engine aircraft for missions and operations of all kinds, including corporate, skydiving and agriculture, cargo and amphibious missions.
Prime Turbines is an independent company based in Carrollton, Texas, US, which focuses on the maintenance, repair and upgrade of PT6A turboprop engines.
The company also possesses facilities in Mesa, Arizona, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.