Part 145 MRO facility offers services for Ozark Aeroworks T53, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A/PT6T, and restricted-category GE Aviation T700 engines.
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.
Mint Turbines also offers an FAA-approved P&WC PT6 training course that qualifies for inspection authorization (IA) renewal. The three-day course can be conducted either at a client site or at the Mint Turbines facility at Stroud Municipal Airport (KSUD). The company will also provide hot section training at the client facility during an inspection.
Although the company adopted its current name in 2009, Mint Turbines has been in business for more than 40 years. The company began in 1981 as a part of Consolidated Heliflight, Inc., initially providing helicopter repair and maintenance for its own fleet and other operators in the community. In 1986, Consolidated Heliflight shifted focus exclusively to the repair and overhaul of the P&WC PT6T power section and reduction gearbox.
In 1993, Consolidated Heliflight expanded its capabilities to most models of the P&WC PT6A turboprop engine, in addition to servicing PT6T models. In 1998, Northstar Aerospace, a Canadian public company with operating subsidiaries in Canada and the United States, purchased Consolidated Heliflight. In 2002, the Consolidated Heliflight name changed to Northstar Aerospace, Turbine Engine Service Group (TESG), to reflect its status under the parent company.
In 2009, Northstar Aerospace sold TESG to M International. That same year, the new owners rebranded TESG as Mint Turbines. The rebranded company officially began operations in 2009 as a newly certificated FAA Part 145 repair station. Also in 2009, Mint Turbines received certification as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service center with MRO capability for both the military and commercial Honeywell (now Ozark Aeroworks) T53 engine series.
Quality Assurance Exceeds Industry Standards
Mint Turbines highlights its quality assurance program as one that far exceeds industry standards. The company has achieved ISO 9001:2015 accreditation and AS9110C certification—and is one of only a handful of engine MRO facilities in North America with these credentials. Today, Mint Turbines operates from more than 70,000-square-ft. of factory and warehouse space at KSUD. The company’s team of experienced MRO professionals works around-the-clock to keep the engines of helicopter operators running in mint condition.