****GE Turbine Service Center****
Winnipeg River Aircraft is now a certified GE Turbine service center. As members of the Aircraft Conversion and Upgrade Alliance, we are able to provide installation, service and parts for the M601E-11 engine. Our three licensed mechanics are all certified GE technicians. To see the photo-log of the conversion on DeHavilland Otter C-GBTU click the "GE 601 Turbine Conversion" link below. For more specifics on the M601 visit www.geaviation.cz/
Our 2004 winter project is complete. C-GBTU has undergone a conversion from the Pezetel piston to a GE 601 Turbine engine. The project entailed an engine change, Baron STOL kit, stripping and repainting. Click above for pictures and a work log of the project.
Engine change in the bush.
Not all problems occur at or near a maintenance facility. When servicing bush planes you need to be creative and adaptable. This engine change took place on a lakeshore north of Bissett where a succesful landing occured after the aircraft encountered engine problems. Fortunately, when flying float planes in this country, a safe landing place is no farther than the next lake. Trees were cut to make a tripod to remove the old engine and install a new one that was flown in on another DHC-3 Otter aircraft. The aircraft then took off out of the lake with a new engine, ready to continue hauling passengers and freight across the north.
Winnipeg River Aircraft is a full service aircraft maintenance facility based in Silver Falls, MB. With 15 years experience and 3 licensed mechanics on staff we offer a full range of commercial and private light aircraft maintenance. The company is rated for work on piston powered aeroplanes with a MTOW of 5700 kg and below, DeHavilland turbo otter aeroplanes and Enstrom piston powered helicopters. We also hold ratings for aircraft structures, and sheet metal structures. A heated 60' by 70' hangar is utilized year 'round for regular scheduled maintenance as well as non-scheduled jobs such as aircraft salvage and rebuild, major overhauls, and refurbishing.