An agreeement has been signed between Cutter Aviation and GE Aviation for Cutter to become an Authorized Service Center for GE’s M601 and H80 turboprop engines. The agreement was made final during the 2011 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
As part of the agreement, Cutter Aviation will offer comprehensive line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and line-replaceable units (LRUs) and engine spares for the M601 and H80 engine families. These engine services will be provided at five Cutter Aviation locations that currently offer aircraft maintenance & service: Albuquerque, NM (ABQ); Dallas – McKinney, TX (TKI); Phoenix – Deer Valley, AZ (DVT); Phoenix-Sky Harbor, AZ (PHX); and San Antonio, TX (SAT). GE Aviation will provide Cutter Aviation with comprehensive material support and training.
Paul Theofan, president and managing executive of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops said GE is excited to work with Cutter Aviation to better serve customers in the Southwest region of the United States. With this expansion to their authorized service network, M601 and H80 customers, accordint to Theofan, will enjoy enhanced service and support coverage from one of the nation’s premier FBO networks.
Founded more than 83 years ago by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation has been one of the leading aviation service providers in the southwestern United States and one of the most well-known brands in general aviation. As the oldest, continually family owned and operated FBO network in America, Cutter Aviation has decades of experience providing the best service for an outstanding value. Following the principles of respect, trust and integrity, Cutter Aviation truly leads the way in general & business aviation.
GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation Turboprops has more than 1,600 M601 engines in service that have accumulated more than 17 million flight hours on 30 applications. The H80 engine, GE’s latest turboprop, is expected to receive EASA and FAA certification this year and will power business and general aviation, utility and agriculture aircraft. The H80 engine combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine compared with the M601 engine, with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine will also feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours between overhauls, significantly enhanced hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude cruise speeds. The H80 will provide the option of a single- or dual-acting governor, allowing customers the flexibility in propeller selection.