Rolls-Royce and Aeropower sign M250 Totalcare® agreement

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Houston, Texas -- Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, and Aeropower today signed a seven-year TotalCare® long-term service agreement covering the service and support of Aeropower’s M250-powered MD 500 helicopter fleet.  The signing took place at a ceremony held on the Rolls-Royce booth at Heli Expo 2010.

Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business, said: “We are pleased to be building upon our relationship with Aeropower, supporting their continued growth in the Pacific Rim utility market. 

“The TotalCare program provides a comprehensive maintenance approach that allows our customers to keep their aircraft in operation, performing their critical missions whenever required.” 

Roy Conomos, CEO of Aeropower, said: “Transitioning to a new TotalCare arrangement with Rolls-Royce is a natural progression for Aeropower.  For six years under a Fleet Hour Agreement, Aeropower has received seamless support, from budgeting to cash flow management, and the world wide assistance we have received from a dedicated Rolls-Royce team.  All of this gives us confidence to sign on to the Rolls-Royce TotalCare Program.”

Through the TotalCare program, Rolls-Royce manages and performs all aspects of M250 shop-level maintenance, provides access to spare engines and accessories, provides subscription service to Technical Manuals, and provides M250 Maintenance Training courses.

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. The company has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs more than 38,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
  3. In 2009, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested $1.4 billion in research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  4. Rolls-Royce is the world-leading producer of light turbine engines in the helicopter market. The M250 line has produced over 30,000 engines, more than half of which are still in service with approximately 4,500 operators in 150 nations. The M250 family has accumulated over 200 million flight hours, providing an unmatched level of expertise in every conceivable operational condition.
  5. Rolls-Royce turboshaft and turboprop engines provide power in the 300 shp to more than 7,300 shp range, powering over 200 aircraft models to date including the Bell 206/407/430 and AgustaWestland Super Lynx/AW159/T129.  This creates a broad base of market opportunities for both rotary and fixed-winged aircraft.

About Aeropower

Aeropower Pty Ltd is an Australian airborne electrical contractor, AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000 Certified, commencing operations in 1991 and dedicated to serving the electrical industry in airborne maintenance.  Aeropower specializes in a full range of electrical power industry services including patrol, inspection, construction, stringing, washing, performing live-line or de-energized maintenance repairs, and providing technical analysis and reporting on the condition of the client’s assets.

Since conception, Aeropower has been working with power companies throughout Australia, and internationally, to provide safer, more cost-effective methods of power line patrols, inspections and maintenance.  By using world best-practice airborne procedures Aeropower can help you minimize maintenance costs without jeopardizing your electricity supply or power line assets.  In fact, we can demonstrate that airborne power line maintenance is more efficient, more flexible, more environmentally friendly and more cost effective than ground based systems.  And because most projects can be performed with lines energized, interruption of supply is minimized. This means a more efficient and effective network.

Our clients include large Australian power transmission and distribution companies, as well as local power authorities. Internationally we have successfully conducted operations in Israel, South Africa, New Zealand and Asia.

Our Head Office is based in Brisbane, with sub offices throughout Australia. Aeropower has in-house maintenance and training facilities enabling us to keep our staff and aircraft up-to-date with the latest methods and technology available.  This gives Aeropower the ability to have fully trained and experienced staff, linesmen, pilots, engineers, ground crew and technical support.  As well as using the MD500 which is one of the safest and reliable aerial platforms for providing live or de-energised line maintenance.

Our in-house culture is focused around providing the safest, most cost effective and productive airborne power line construction and maintenance system in the world. With ongoing improvements in development and training, this allows our clients to benefit from all our achievements made by our dedicated, professional team.

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