On 14 May 2015, Vector Aerospace opened its first maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at Seletar Aerospace Park. The S$50 million facility comes equipped with full engine overhaul and test capabilities. It is one out of only three facilities in the world designated by Pratt and Whitney Canada to service the PW150A turboprop engine.
“This centre will provide highly responsive local support for the 100 or so Bombardier Q400 regional airliners operating here in Asia,” said Mr Declan O’Shea, president and chief executive officer of Vector Aerospace.
On top of adding its MRO capabilities to Singapore’s extensive aerospace cluster, Vector is also committed to the development of manpower capabilities for the industry. Vector signed a three year memorandum-of-understanding with Republic Polytechnic to provide internships to students who will be able to acquire the industry-wide Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Level II certification. NDT is a key activity performed in MRO facilities to ensure the structural integrity of aircraft components.
Speaking at the opening, Guest of Honour Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board said, “Not only will students gain relevant exposure through this programme, they will also be equipped with the necessary skills and certification relevant to the industry. Such activities will help Vector Aerospace build a strong local workforce, and also boost Singapore’s efforts in building up critical manpower capabilities for the aerospace industry.”