Smyrna Air Centre completes its first Power 90 Upgrade


Company completes its first Power 90 upgrade on King Air 90

Smyrna Air Center has completed its first Power 90 Upgrade conversion for AeroMetric. GE
Aviation’s M601E-11A engines are now powering AeroMetric’s King Air E-90
aircraft for their site in Anchorage,

The Power 90 Upgrade Program is a conversion program for owners of King Air 90
aircraft, in which the installed engines are replaced with the powerful 705
shaft-horsepower (shp) GE M601E-11A engines.

“Smyrna Air
Center, along with GE Aviation, is
dedicated to providing exceptional service to King Air owners and operators,
and we were honored that AeroMetric chose the Power 90 conversion with GE
M601-11A engines versus overhauling their current engines,” said Bob
Fields, president of Smyrna
Air Center.
“We’ve received feedback from AeroMetric’s pilot that GE M601 engine
operating temperatures are lower than previous engines and that time to climb
is 30% less, which is critical for them since the plane must reach altitude
before aerial mapping can begin.”

“In addition to the faster rates of climb, the M601E-11A engine also
provides faster cruise speeds than current engines in the segment, according to
a July 2010 study by Conklin & de Decker performed for GE,” said Tom
Hoferer, commercial program manager, GE Aviation’s Business and General
Aviation Turboprops.

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