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GA Telesis Engine Services (“GATES”) Announces Major Test Cell Upgrade

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July 21, 2020 – Helsinki, FinlandGA Telesis Engine Services OY (“GATES”), the engine heavy maintenance unit of global aviation integrator GA Telesis, LLC, announced a significant capital expenditure to upgrade its test cell operation to the highest standards and technology available.  The new upgrade will provide the company with the most robust and modern test cell in mainland Europe and can easily transition towards testing the latest technology engines.


The company has partnered with MDS Gas Turbine Engine Solutions to engineer and install the test cell for completion by the end of 2020. MDS is widely known as a leader in the market and has provided test cells to Pratt & Whitney, Siemens, and Rolls-Royce. The new facility will include major infrastructure upgrades as well.


The selection process focused on finding a partner and a solution that would ensure the future growth of GATES by offering increased productivity, increased data analysis, and testing capabilities for the newest technology engines. “We ended up selecting MDS as a partner after the team went through a rigorous selection process with the leading test cell vendors,” says Carsten Holm, Chief Operating Officer, GATES. “The solution MDS offered will instantly double our test capacity by automating major parts of the test procedure and simultaneously allowing the test cell operator to capture and analyze vast amounts of real-time data,” added Holm.


This investment into the state-of-the-art test cell is the latest action in GATES’ strategy in becoming the first choice engine MRO in Europe. The company’s personnel growth has been double-digit for the past several years and will continue for the next four to five years. GATES is adding new engine induction slots every month to meet the increasing market demand.

Earlier this month, GATES announced the opening of SPAH, it’s Special Procedures Aero-Engine Hospital with repair capabilities for CF6-80C2B, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines.


·         MPD tasks

·         Engine Lease return inspections

·         QEC installations

·         Boroblend repairs

·         Top Case repairs

·         Accessory Gearbox repairs

·         Hot Section repairs

·         Compressor Rear Frame repairs

·         Engine storage and preservation

·         Airworthiness Directives

·         Service Bulletin implementation

·         Engine Module changes

·         Engine test and thrust conversions

·         Engine troubleshooting










About GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES)

GA Telesis Engine Services is an FAA/EASA/GACA/CAAC approved facility located at Helsinki, Vantaa Airport that specializes in the repair and overhaul of CFM International CFM56-5B / CFM56-7B and General Electric CF6-80C2B jet engines for the Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737NG Family, 767-300ER and 747-400 aircraft.  GATES has an integrated test cell capable of up to 100,000 pounds of thrust and can overhaul up to 200 jet engines per year. GATES Go-Team is also one of the few companies authorized by EASA to remotely perform repairs on engines that are installed on aircraft.

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