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Mint Turbines Luke K. Employee Spotlight

In this interview, Luke Keigley, a T700 Field Service Engineer at Mint Turbines, shares his journey from the Air Force to his current role, providing insights into his dynamic workdays and proudest moments, including working on the B1 Bomber project. As a history buff, he reveals his favorite aircraft and discusses his hobby of building model aircraft. Luke joined the team in 2023 and has shown his skill and attention to detail throughout his time at Mint Turbines.

What is your title at Mint Turbines, and how long have you worked there?

Hi, I am Luke Keigley, a T700 Field Service Engineer at Mint Turbines. I have had the pleasure of working at Mint Turbines for 10 months.

How did you start in the aerospace industry and at Mint Turbines? What is your educational background?

I got started by joining the Air Force back in 2003 and became a propulsion specialist for turboprops and turboshafts. And that’s pretty much how I got into this position. Then, my education is up to an associate’s degree through the Air Force.

What does your typical workday look like at Mint Turbines?

Day to day, my job kind of changes. One day, I might be tearing into an engine, doing compressor blending on the T700, changing out different components, and things like that, or I might be working on helping them get the test cell up and running so we can start running and testing engines. I like that it’s always something new.

What is your favorite thing about working at Mint Turbines?

I would say kind of starting something from scratch. Starting from the ground up and basically trying to get everything squared away and ready to start doing operations is really satisfying to me.

What is one of the most memorable projects you’ve worked on in your career?

I’d have to say one of the proudest things that I’ve worked on now throughout my career would be working on the B1 Bomber. That was the first time that we ever launched operational B1s from South Dakota to carry out a mission in Libya. I’ll always remember that we were the first people to do that. I worked on the project for more than four years.

In your opinion, what sets Mint Turbines apart from other companies in the industry when it comes to turbine maintenance and field services?

The shop is very clean, very organized and a great group of competent individuals that know what they’re doing and send out a very quality product.

 What is your favorite aircraft?

That’s kind of a tough one because I go back to some really old aircraft because I’m a very big history buff. But my personal favorite aircraft of all time would have to be the P-38 Lightning from World War II. It’s a very unique fighter. It’s a twin-engine, twin-boom design and was designed by Lockheed Martin.

Looking back at this year, what is one of your favorite achievements or memories from Mint Turbines in 2023?

I’d say seeing the test come together. We saw it as a bunch of wires and concrete at the beginning. Now it’s an actual working and viable test cell, which is neat to work with.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, cats and working on models. I like making model airplanes, cars, trucks, things like that.

Mint Turbines Luke K. Employee Spotlight2024-01-09T22:56:23+00:00

Food Pantry Article – Q4

In December, the Mint Turbines team came together to donate 582 pounds of food and other necessities to the Stroud Food Pantry.

The donation played a crucial role in meeting the needs of the Stroud community, ensuring that individuals and families facing economic challenges had access to essential food items. The Stroud Food Pantry, a vital resource for those in need, fights hunger year-round.

“Our employees and family have come together to make this donation possible,” Mint Turbines Vice President and General Manager David Norton said. “We donated 582 pounds of food this year and are committed to giving back annually to make a difference in the lives within our community.”

Mint Turbines has committed to donating annually to the Stroud Food Pantry to continue to uplift lives in Stroud.

Food Pantry Article – Q42024-01-09T22:48:49+00:00

Reflecting on a Year of Excellence Mint Turbines’ Year in Review 2023

What a busy year 2023 was for Mint Turbines! We attended several shows, and it was great to see all our customers. We’re looking forward to 2024 and all the exciting events.

Mint Turbines experienced strong growth on the PT6A and T700 lines. We gained several new customers this year, as well as signed several multiyear agreements. The PT6T test cell received a facelift. We completed the structure of the four-test cell complex and took delivery of our new T700 test cell from Test Logic.

On T53, we won the Tunisian Air Force Contract and received our first two engines for the INL contract. We signed a four-year agreement with GDC for PT6A work and several long-term engine agreements with other customers. On the T700 front, we are adding several new restricted category/public use owners and operators to our customer list.

We witnessed the construction of the new four-test cell complex, the delivery of the T700 test cell and the makeover of our PT6T cell. We made a new Mint commercial utilizing all of our talented employees. Keep watching for more information on these projects.

All we accomplished is not possible without our wonderful customers and dedicated employees. We want to thank our customers for allowing us to work on your engines. And to our employees, thank you for everything you do to care for our valued customers.

Reflecting on a Year of Excellence Mint Turbines’ Year in Review 20232024-01-09T22:40:47+00:00

Recap of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023, held from July 24-30 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was a week filled with aviation innovation, thrilling air shows, informative displays and insightful speakers. Mint Turbines was honored to attend and support this year’s event.

Mint Turbines was represented by Jason Chambers, who was present during the week to engage other professionals in discussions about Mint Turbines’ work specializing in T53, PT6A, PT6T and T700 Restricted-Category engines.

Thank you to those who took the time to interact and converse with the Mint Turbines team.

One of the highlights of the event was the Oklahoma Fly-In Luncheon, sponsored by Mint Turbines, which took place on Saturday, July 29, in the Pober Pixie Tent on the EAA Grounds. The luncheon featured esteemed speakers, including Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt, U.S. Senator (ret.) Jim Inhofe and EAA CEO Jack Pelton. This event provided a unique platform for networking and exchanging ideas, further enhancing the sense of community among aviation enthusiasts.

For those who missed this fantastic opportunity, we encourage you to mark your calendars for future events by visiting the events section of our website. Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about Mint Turbines’ work or attending future events, follow our social media.


Recap of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 20232023-10-12T20:36:54+00:00

The PT6 Advantage: Why the PT6 Engine is an Industry Leader

The PT6 engine is a renowned gas turbine engine operating on Jet A fuel, consisting of modular components that function through air. Its standout features lie in its exceptional reliability and popularity, provided it receives regular maintenance. What sets the PT6 engine apart from its counterparts are its various models, sizes and horsepower options, catering to a wide range of aircraft types. Its low maintenance requirements and remarkable durability ensure a long lifespan, making it a preferred choice among aviation professionals.

Mint Turbines is an unparalleled expert in PT6 engines, distinguishing itself from other shops through our comprehensive expertise and unwavering commitment to quality and safety. With a longstanding history in the industry, Mint Turbines specializes in overhauling PT6 engines, boasting an in-depth understanding of every intricate aspect of these engines. Our services extend beyond repairs, encompassing hot section inspections and other critical maintenance tasks. What truly sets Mint Turbines apart is our stringent focus on quality and safety, approaching every task with the utmost seriousness and precision.

Gilbert Palacios, Field Service Engineer at Mint Turbines, holds a PT6 course emphasizing proper operation and underlines the importance of understanding the engine thoroughly. For more information or to sign up for the course, please contact Gilbert Palacios at gpalacios@mintturbines.com.

The PT6 Advantage: Why the PT6 Engine is an Industry Leader2023-10-18T21:49:16+00:00

Gilbert Employee Spotlight Interview

This quarter, we had the opportunity to sit down with Gilbert Palacios, a seasoned Field Service Engineer at Mint Turbines. With a 16-year tenure, Gilbert graciously shared insights into his career and experiences at Mint Turbines.

What is your title at Mint Turbines, and how long have you worked at Mint?

I have been at Mint for 16 years and now work as a PT6 Senior Field Service Engineer.

How did you start in the aerospace industry and at Mint Turbines? What is your educational background?

I began my journey 30 years ago, transitioning from a background in construction to becoming a mechanic. My interest in aerospace was piqued while considering a position at American Airlines.

What does your typical day look like at Mint Turbines?

My days involve troubleshooting, testing cells, engaging in sales activities, servicing customers, attending meetings and ensuring our operations run smoothly. At Mint Turbines, we offer 24/7 support so my days always look a little different.

Do you travel within your position at Mint Turbines?

Yes, indeed. I recently visited Quebec, Canada, on a customer-focused trip, engaging in various activities related to our services.

What is your favorite thing about working at Mint Turbines?

I cherish the opportunity to travel extensively, having explored the world through my work. It’s a remarkable aspect of my role. Meeting new people and seeing amazing places makes me love this job even more.

What is one of the most memorable projects you’ve worked on during your time?

A significant project for Dole Food Company stands out. I formed valuable connections during my time in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and I thoroughly enjoy engaging in sales and meeting new customers.

What is your experience with PT6 engines?

I work on PT6 engines every day. I know the ins and outs of them. I even teach a course for Mint Turbines that gives hands-on experience and allows students to familiarize themselves with the essential tooling required for inspections and line work. If you want to learn more, please email me at gpalacios@mintturbines.com. 

What are you doing when you’re not at work?

Outside of work, I enjoy camping with my RV, recently returning from a trip to Lake Murray, and spending quality time with my family.

Gilbert’s passion for his work and the industry continues to drive Mint Turbines towards excellence. We are beyond grateful to have him here.

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This quarter, we had the opportunity to sit down with Gilbert Palacios, a seasoned Field Service Engineer at Mint Turbines. With a 16-year tenure, Gilbert graciously shared insights into his career and experiences at Mint Turbines. One of the most captivating aspects of Gilbert’s role is his extensive travel experience. Over the years, he has traversed the globe, taking Mint Turbines’ expertise to various corners of the world. From the bustling markets of Turkey to the expansive deserts of Saudi Arabia, Gilbert has been instrumental in establishing Mint Turbines as a global leader in turbine services. To learn about his travels and expertise, visit https://www.mintturbines.com/the-pt6-advantage-why-the-pt6-engine-is-an-industry-leader/.

Gilbert Employee Spotlight Interview2023-10-11T22:02:01+00:00

July HAI Member Spotlight

In July, Mint Turbines had the honor of being showcased in the HAI Member Spotlight by Rotor Media.

‘Mint Turbines, LLC, of Stroud, Oklahoma, offers a wide range of capabilities for helicopter engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), as well as testing and other services. Achievements of the MRO center include serving as an FAA/European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 repair station, an authorized Ozark Aeroworks T53 engine service center, an independent Pratt & Whitney Canada (PW&C) PT6A and PT6T maintenance center, including the correlation of the PT6A test cell, and a General Electric Aviation-licensed T700 restricted-category MRO center. Leading the company is a seasoned team of MRO professionals, each with an average of more than 20 years of experience with engines.’

Read the rest of the story here.

July HAI Member Spotlight2023-07-25T18:06:24+00:00

Beyond Engines: Exploring Mint Turbines’ sister company, Southwest Fuel Systems, and its expertise in Accessory and Component Overhaul and Repair

Interview with Shop Lead Jason McNeese at Southwest Fuel Systems.

Can you provide a quick overview of Southwest Fuel’s accessory and component overhaul and repair expertise?
With over 45 years of combined experience, the Southwest Fuel Systems’ shop has expertise in accessory and component overhaul and repair. Southwest Fuel Systems is a Triumph certified on the Ozark T53 engine Fuel controls, governors and RR250 engine HMUs.

What are specific problems or incidents where accessory or component overhaul and repair would be needed?
During the troubleshooting process for the engine, if we identify a potential issue with the fuel control governor, we test and make sure everything is working correctly. Additionally, we perform midlife inspections for the drive shaft components within the fuel control system, which are mandatory according to FAA regulations. These inspections are crucial as they ensure the proper functioning of the pump responsible for fuel intake and such.

What types of customers or projects do you serve?
We of course work with our sister shop, Mint Turbines. Then we have multiple customers that are from all over the world. We also perform work on U.S. Air Force contracts.

Could you explain the significance of housing Southwest Fuel Systems within Mint Turbines’ facilities?
Having Southwest Fuel Systems housed within the Mint Turbines’ facilities saves our clients time and money. Not having to ship parts back and forth makes it easier for us to ensure fast and reliable work.

Explain how the partnership between Mint Turbines and Southwest Fuel Systems works.
Well, Mint Turbines will send us a PO. From there, we open a work order and look at the scope of work. Mint Turbines provides us with information like timing, the issues at hand, etc.

How are quality and adherence to industry standers upheld during the overhaul and repair process?
We perform mandatory audits regularly. We also always have someone checking our work and signing off to make sure that everything is done up to standard.

Could you share any notable success stories or achievements that highlight expertise in accessory and component overhaul and repair?
Just in the last year, we’ve doubled our sales and have continued to grow. We have been able to hire many more people for our team. I think our biggest success is knowing our clients trust us, which leads to growth.

What does Southwest Fuel Systems do when it comes to Accessory and Component Overhaul and Repair that sets it apart from the few others in the country?
Our experience and commitment to quality are qualities that are hard to find elsewhere. Also, having Mint Turbines and Southwest Fuel Systems in the same shop again leads to less time and money.

Beyond Engines: Exploring Mint Turbines’ sister company, Southwest Fuel Systems, and its expertise in Accessory and Component Overhaul and Repair2023-07-25T18:04:52+00:00

Spotlight: Jason McNeese

Jason McNeese is a crucial member of Southwest Fuel Systems, a sister shop of Mint Turbines. In 2019, Southwest Fuel Systems made the strategic decision to relocate from Tucson, AZ to Stroud, OK, where they moved into the same building as Mint Turbines. This move was aimed at taking advantage of the synergies that naturally arise when two complementary operations are in close proximity to each other. Southwest Fuel Systems is Triumph certified on the Ozark T53 engine Fuel controls, governors and RR250 engine HMUs. Here at Mint, we value our partnership with Southwest Fuel Systems and the people like Jason that ensure that quality and safety standards are met in the shop. Learn more about Jason in with Q&A below.

How did you get started in aerospace and at Southwest Fuel Systems?
What is your educational background? I started in aerospace in 2000 when I went to school for aircraft structures in Tucson, Arizona. I took night classes for around a year and a half. While I was in school, I got a job working on fuel controls and governors, which is the same thing I do today. So even though I got my certificate of completion for what I learned in college, I never actually went to work in the structure side because I found that I enjoyed the engine side.

What does your day look like at Southwest Fuel Systems?
Well, they keep me busy! We do evaluations on assets that are coming in for overhaul, repair, testing, etc. I spend my time in the shop, so it is very hands-on. I am a shop lead, but I do the work with my team.

What is the benefit of being partnered/housed with Mint Turbines?
Having both the engine and accessory shop in the same place is convenient. We can troubleshoot a lot more in less time. Not having to ship components is a perk and saves our clients’ money and time.

What are some of the most memorable projects you’ve worked on during your time?
We did around 12 fuel controls and governors for the United States Air Force in around two months, which was neat. It was exciting that we were able to get that much work done very quickly. We felt very accomplished. There have been some pretty huge contracts in my time that were an honor to work on.

How do you handle the identification, tracking and traceability of parts during the overhaul repair process?
Everything is set and organized. We have a very specific system. We have multiple inspection sheets for disassembly and assembly. This keeps us organized with serial numbers for each part. We have lists from when we receive the work to when it gets shipped out and everything in between. We also have technicians and inspectors to stamp off the work they’ve done and completed.

What are the quality control measures and standards you employ to ensure the reliability and performance of accessories and components after overhaul repair?
We are ISO and FAA certified, so keeping those certifications is very important to us. We keep ourselves to a high standard.

What is your favorite thing about working at Southwest Fuel Systems?
It is one of the best places that I have worked so far in this career field. When I started with this company in Arizona, we were named something else. When we became a part of M International, they moved our shop here to Stroud, Oklahoma. I had family in Arizona, so I did not initially decide to move with Southwest Fuels. However, I came back to do some contract work and decided I wanted to come back and work full-time. So, my wife and I packed up and moved to Oklahoma!

I love that at Southwest Fuels and Mint Turbines, we feel like a big family. There are no questions that you can’t ask, and I always feel comfortable coming to work. We get to work on some neat projects and do it next to our friends and family.

What are you doing when you’re not at work?
My wife and I are usually at the lake. We love to go boating and fishing. If we’re not on the lake, we’re outdoors or traveling. We love to take long weekends to Branson, MO, and recently took a trip to San Antonio, TX.

Spotlight: Jason McNeese2023-07-25T18:05:59+00:00

Celebrating the 2023 Robert Ruck Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Gage Wilson, Kileigh Mixon and Paige Baker, the 2023 Robert Ruck Scholarship recipients. These three powerful Stroud High School seniors have been awarded $2,500 each to support their higher education pursuits. The scholarship, renamed after M International’s President and COO Robert Ruck, recognizes these outstanding students.

With an increase from two to three winners this year, Mint Turbines stays committed to empowering the future workforce. Gage, Kileigh and Paige’s remarkable achievements, leadership and dedicated community involvement make them deserving awardees. Mint Turbines is honored to celebrate their success and wishes them continued excellence in their educational journeys.

Celebrating the 2023 Robert Ruck Scholarship Recipients2023-06-29T15:52:38+00:00
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