This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the diverse range of partners that work with Dowty Propellers. It is based on a discussion with Rob Wills, owner and founder of AirStart – which is providing rotable parts services for Dowty Propellers’ R408 propeller systems on Bombardier Q400 regional airliners.
Toronto, CanadaWorking with Dowty PropellersAirStart maintains the world’s largest inventory of Bombardier Q400 propeller blades. A three-year exclusive agreement brings together AirStart’s capabilities on Q400 airliner rotable parts with Dowty Propellers’ R408 propeller system original equipment manufacturer expertise.
Founded in 2000, AirStart is a Canadian-based company with a huge passion for aviation. The business, whose philosophy is being “extremely customer-oriented,” currently employs approximately 25 people.
AirStart’s global customer base includes operators in key emerging airline markets. With clients ranging from airlines and MRO (maintenance repair and overhaul) organisations to leasing companies and trading partners, AirStart is a world-recognised expert on Bombardier Q400 regional airliners. It provides repair, exchange, lease and purchase options for its rotable parts services.
AirStart currently maintains the world’s largest inventory of Q400 propeller blades at worldwide locations for a quick access for customers operating in some 50 countries.
The company prides itself on quick response times and turnaround for customers. AirStart stocks practically every in-demand part for the fleets it supports; and with forward stocking locations, these parts can be delivered expeditiously to customers around the world – regardless of the time of day.
The partnership between Dowty Propellers and AirStart was established under an exclusive three-year agreement that expands Dowty Propellers’ worldwide support network coverage on the Q400’s R408 propeller system. AirStart’s support for the supply of rotable parts encompasses the major elements: blades, spinner, hub, pitch control unit, overspeed governor and brush blocks.
Rob Wills, the owner and founder of AirStart, holds a life-long passion for aviation through a career that ranged from designing airports as an engineer to serving as a commercial pilot and creating AirStart.
“For AirStart, our partnership with Dowty Propellers provides the opportunity to work with one of the world’s most entrepreneurial original equipment manufacturers,” said Wills. “Dowty Propellers has proved itself to be a very unique operation in the industry with a reputation for excellent quality.”
The service provided by AirStart does not end with the supply, exchange or lease of parts: its price-guaranteed global agreement with Dowty Propellers offers beneficial terms for AirStart clients as well as the opportunity to add selected packages to their contracts.