Turbomeca USA celebrates its 35th anniversary
November 4, 2015
Turbomeca USA, a subsidiary of Safran's Turbomeca turboshaft engine manufacturer for helicopters, has marked its 35th year of operations in Grand Prairie, Texas.
As the first Turbomeca site to be located outside of France, Turbomeca USA opened its doors in 1980 with five employees. With the success of Turbomeca-equipped rotorcraft in North American markets in such operations as law enforcement, air medical and offshore, Turbomeca USA's workforce quickly began to expand to more than 150 employees.
After being selected by the U.S. Coast Guard to re-engine its H-65 Dolphin helicopter fleet in 2004 – along with the U.S. Army's major order in 2006 for the Turbomeca-powered UH-72A Lakota from Airbus Helicopters – Turbomeca USA now employs more than 375 people.
In 2006, Turbomeca USA added an additional 67,000 sq. ft. to the Grand Prairie facility, bringing its current footprint to a total of 152,000 sq. ft. This expansion meets the continual increase in demand in North America for new engines; MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services; and spare parts. Of this enlarged surface area, 45,000 sq. ft. is dedicated to the assembly of new Turbomeca Arriel and Arrius engines and their accessories.
Today, Turbomeca USA supports more than 2,300 engines operated by approximately 400 customers across a wide range of missions. Production of the latest Arrius 2R engine version by Turbomeca USA for Bell Helicopter's 505 Jet Ranger X marks the company's journey into the next 35 years of activity.
This year included another major achievement for Turbomeca and its worldwide operations: the 100-million flight hour milestone logged by the company's range of helicopter engines. As a result, a Turbomeca-powered helicopter takes off somewhere in the world every nine seconds.