BUFFALO, Minn. — D’Shannon Aviation recently launched an engine department in Mooresville, N.C., that is designed to service all Continental direct drive engines, restoring them to standards that meet or exceed “factory new” specs.
The top of the line rebuild, labeled the “Genesis,” incorporates ECi cylinders and approximately 20% more new parts than a standard overhaul. The shop will also perform propeller strike inspections, as well as component overhaul and airframe service.
While headquarters for D’Shannon will remain in Minnesota, the engine department was strategically placed in Mooresville, which is considered the center of the NASCAR universe. The town has multiple wind tunnels and some of the most extensive engine facilities and resources in the world. It comes as no surprise then that three-fourths of the staff have been drawn from NASCAR personnel who have spent many years in engine development, according to company officials.
“Our natural course of action would have been to expand our shops in Minnesota,” said Scott Erickson, president. “However, when we learned of the talent and facilities that already exist in Mooresville, it was too much to pass up. All of our R&D projects will now be engineered and tested in this technology hub. This is a community that understands reliability. It is built into the local culture and that makes it a perfect fit for our expansion into rebuilding engines and developing new products for the Bonanza.”
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