HAI – 2024 – Anaheim, California

Ace Aeronautics and Mint Turbines have signed a partnership agreement aimed at building worldwide support for the Legacy Black Hawk Fleet that has been acquired through the US Army Black Hawk Exchange and Sales Transaction Program (BEST). The partnership will focus on the team’s ability to perform repair and refurbishment to the airframe and powerplant, as well as mission upgrades.

Under the agreement, Ace will assist Mint in performing field services at Ace Aeronautics’ facility in Guntersville, Alabama, and other off-site locations, on a variety of engines which support both the restricted category and public use markets including the T700-GE-700, -701, -701A, -701C and -701D aircraft gas turbine engine models.

Mint under license with GE will focus on restricted category/ public Use T700 engines installed on Sikorsky-manufactured EH-60, HH-60, UH-60, or S-70 helicopters that have a valid Restricted Category Certificate or Public Use Exemption issued by a Civil Aviation Authority. Mint in partnership with Ace will perform T700 inspections, borescopes, and minor repairs while at the Ace hangar complex, and can perform major engine repairs and upgrades (700 to 701D) at Mint’s MRO facility in Stroud, Oklahoma, which is completing a $5M upgrade to include a new state of the art test cell complex.

Ace Aeronautics, an FAA Part 145 Repair Station operating in Guntersville, AL provides innovative and long-term airframe and avionics solutions to commercial and government aviation users worldwide. In support of the Sikorsky manufactured UH-60, and S-70 helicopters, Ace is holder of RTC #R00005RC and STC #SR01944WI which is the Ace Deck Garmin 5000 cockpit upgrade.

Mint Turbines operates in Stroud, Okla., located halfway between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. With nearly 40 years of turbine engine overhaul experience, Mint has successfully repaired, overhauled, and tested thousands of Pratt & Whitney PT6T series power sections, combining gearboxes, PT6A Turboprop engines, and T53 series engines. Mint is in the process of completing full overhaul capabilities on T700 restricted category or public use engines.

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