Duncan Aviation’s Engine Program Engineer an Integral Part of Heavy Engine Work

Darren Waggoner has 33 years of engineering experience on aircraft engines. Click image for high-res download.

Having only been with Duncan Aviation for a few short months, Darren Waggoner, Engine Program Engineer, has already had a positive impact on the company’s turbine engine services department.

Waggoner has 33 years of engineering experience on aircraft engines, and graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1983 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His work has included identifying and improving work processes and acting as a technical advisor and program leader for commercial and business aviation engine programs. He has served as both a Program and Process Engineer for Dallas Airmotive, Saberliner Aviation, American Airlines and Teledyne. His engine expertise spans several platforms including Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, and GE, with 22 years of dedicated service to the Honeywell TFE731 engine.

“Darren brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to our team,” says James Prater, Duncan Aviation’s Manager of Turbine Engine Services. “He is available to our engine technicians to consult and advise on the building of every Honeywell TFE731during the CZI (Core Zone Inspection) process. His goal is to make sure each engine hits its performance parameters for the best possible results. He is setting up our build standards so every engine passes the test cell certification run the first time.”

Greg Palensky, Duncan Aviation Engine Team Leader, likes having Waggoner as a resource when it comes to the serviceability of parts. “Darren is able to help us determine the serviceability of the parts, and he proposes repair schemes that  help control costs and still get top performance out of the engine.” Darren works closely with Honeywell’s Global Repair and Overhaul Engineering team to develop and incorporate repairs into the TFE731 manuals.

He may be new to Duncan Aviation, but Waggoner has a long history with the company. “I’ve worked alongside many from Duncan Aviation on several projects with great results,” says Waggoner. “Everyone has always been open and easy to work with, sharing concerns and ideas to make improvements everywhere. I’m happy to be part of the Duncan Aviation team.”

About Duncan Aviation

Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of business aircraft operators, government agencies, and other aircraft service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit avionics systems, full paint and interior services, engineering and certification services, fabrication and manufacturing services, and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. We also have dozens of other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with scheduled regional support and the quickest response possible to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

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