Continental Moves Into Turbine Repair


Continental is moving into the turbine overhaul and repair business with the acquisition of United Turbine and UT Aeroparts, of Miami. United Turbine is a major center for repair and overhaul of Pratt&Whitney Canada PT6 engines, which are used on most light-to-medium-sized turboprops. In its news release, Continental said the two businesses are similar except for their product focus and will be complementary as a single company. “We believe that United Turbine and UT Aeroparts are the perfect partners to aid Continental Motors in expanding into the turbine market,” said Continental Director Rhett Ross.”By combining the skills and capabilities of these companies, we will better serve the needs of the general aviation community.”

Continental has been expanding its footprint since its acquisition by AVIC, of China, several years ago. It bought diesel aircraft engine manufacturer Thielert and is now producing updated versions of those engines. The United Turbine deal was made through the company’s MRO subsidiary Continental Motors Services Inc. All the United Turbine employees are being retained.