RMCC engineering students tour CC-115 Buffalo engine Repair and Overhaul facility
Twenty-one third-year aeronautical engineering students and five faculty staff members from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in Kingston toured the CC-115 CT-64 engine Repair and Overhaul (R&O) facility.
DAC Aviation in Montreal has been the R&O facility for the CC-115 Buffalo CT-64 engines since 2011. On average, the facility repairs and/or overhauls six to eight engines per year. Once the engines are repaired and/or overhauled, DAC Aviation works with the Naval Test and Engineering Establishment (NETE) to run the engines on a test stand, ensuring they meet the approved specifications. Once the test certificates are accepted, the engines are returned to service in order to support the CC-115 Buffalo, which performs vital Search and Rescue activities from Comox.
Since DAC Aviation was awarded the contract and began working with NETE, it has reduced the turnaround time on engines by more than half, owing to the proximity and experience of a locally qualified test cell. The relationship between DAC Aviation and NETE is another example of efficient collaboration between a Canadian aerospace company and a Government of Canada establishment in fulfilling DND requirements.
Students and faculty members were shown a CT-64 engine, a speed decreaser gearbox and a disassembled fuel control unit and proclaimed the tour “excellent.”
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