For nearly 20 years aerospace industry leader StandardAero has operated a large and highly specialized maintenance facility at Port San Antonio. The location in the Alamo City is among nearly 20 StandardAero sites worldwide—spanning North America, Europe and Australia.
StandardAero teams with fellow Port customer Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions to maintain and modify Rolls Royce (Allison) T-56 engines that have diligently powered a number of notable aircraft for decades.
Engines served by StandardAero in San Antonio power the C-130—for over 60 years, one of the leading military and humanitarian relief aircraft in the world.
Among the principal users of the T-56 engines is the sizeable Lockheed Martin C-130 fleet. First produced in the 1950’s, this workhorse of aviation is the longest continuously-produced military airplane in the world. Over 2,500 C-130’s—with more than 70 variants—have been built in the past 60 years. Hundreds are still operated by the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
The T-56 also powers Lockheed Martin’s P-3 Orion and Northop Grumman’s E-2 Hawkeye. Like the C-130, these two platforms form the backbone of many air operations worldwide thanks to their enduring reliability.
StandardAero’s team in San Antonio has logged hundreds of thousands of hours building its expertise in the engine line that powers these vital aircraft. As a result of years of experience, engines served by the San Antonio operation routinely leave the workshop performing with even greater efficiency than when they were first manufactured.
In addition to highly skilled technicians, StandardAero’s location at Port San Antonio has an in-house laboratory staffed by engineers and other R&D specialists who develop tailor-made solutions to specific maintenance needs. This vast accumulation of know-how allows StandardAero to continually improve its processes—earning high marks as a key vendor to the U.S. Department of Defense.
StandardAero will soon enter its third decade at the Port. The company looks forward to continue its service as a strategic partner to the Department of Defense. Earlier this year, it was awarded another two-year program to support the T-56 engine line.
StandardAero’s employees in San Antonio are renowned for exceptional work—both maintaining engines and developing customized fixes. Engines maintained in San Antonio are known to leave the workshop performing even better than when they were first manufactured.
Furthermore, the local operation is also setting its eyes on providing its expertise to engines that power commercial aircraft, including airliners and air cargo. As it prepares for the future, the San Antonio facility is backed by StandardAero’s global expertise—with a history of more than 100 years of aviation excellence. This is of particular significance as aerospace maintenance specialists worldwide prepare for robust growth in the passenger and cargo air transportation market, which is expected to double in less than 20 years.
Now headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, StandardAero’s story begins in 1911. The company was founded in Winnipeg, Canada as Standard Machine Works—a small automobile engine repair shop that was among the first to specialize in aircraft engine maintenance at the dawn of aviation.
Today, StandardAero stands as one of the world’s largest independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. These include engine and airframe repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint, among a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, energy and VIP completions markets.
As it pursues its plans for growth in San Antonio, the local facility continues to evolve as a leading provider of essential support for global air transportation—connecting the talent of its local workforce with one of the world’s most dynamic industries.
StandardAero San Antonio is looking forward to the future—leveraging its large and flexible location and directing its talented workforce to increasingly support commercial aircraft in addition to its ongoing military work.