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News and issues relating to air transport and cargo engines.

May 21, 2008 - 9:17am

French engine manufacturer Snecma is developing a new high-pressure core for regional jet applications, dubbed DEM 21 for “21st century demonstrator,” in the 12,000- to 17,000-lb-thrust range. The program may provide the basis for variants capable of powering regional airplanes of up to 70 seats.

May 9, 2008 - 5:16am

China’s AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co. (ACAC) last month signed a letter of intent with GE Aircraft Engines that calls for the use of GE’s CF34-10A turbofan to power the proposed ARJ21 regional jet. The CF34-10A engine, scheduled for introduction early in 2004 with the Embraer 190-200, would power both the 79-passenger and the 99-passenger variants of the ARJ21 under the terms of the agreement.

May 5, 2008 - 6:44am

Rolls-Royce received FAA certification of the AE3007A-1E turbofan, the powerplant for the Embraer ERJ-145XR. The XR, which is scheduled to enter service later this year, features a 2,000-nm range, or an increase of about 450 nm over the standard ERJ-145. The -1E provides 8,110 lb of thrust, some 686 lb more than the -1 on the standard ERJ-145.

April 2, 2008 - 5:43am

The NTSB last month sent recommendations to the FAA and Transport Canada to address a safety concern raised by two engine failures on Bombardier CRJ200s. The Board has determined that a flaw during the manufacturing process for fan blades led to the failure of the GE CF34-3B1 turbofans, and it wants procedures established to remove the suspect blades before another incident occurs.

April 1, 2008 - 12:02pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada has received type certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency for the turboprop engine chosen to power the new ATR 600 Series, the PW127M. A derivative of the PW127F and PW127E engines that power today’s ATRs, the PW127M produces 5 percent more power than its predecessors.

February 20, 2008 - 3:34am

Pratt & Whitney insists its geared turbofan (GTF) engine will have “fuel burn parity” with the competing open-rotor designs being studied by CFM International, Rolls-Royce and Snecma, all of whom have rejected geared fans as the way forward.

February 19, 2008 - 9:14pm

Pratt & Whitney expects to triple the number of engines it washes under its EcoPower program this year, claiming the fuel-saving cleaning process has become “increasingly popular” with airlines.

The company plans to expand the availability of its engine washing technology beyond the existing 11 service centers in the U.S. and Europe to include regional centers and an increase in mobile units capable of washing engines in situ.

February 19, 2008 - 9:14pm

Pratt & Whitney expects to triple the number of engines it washes under its EcoPower program this year, claiming the fuel-saving cleaning process has become “increasingly popular” with airlines.

The company plans to expand the availability of its engine washing technology beyond the existing 11 service centers in the U.S. and Europe to include regional centers and an increase in mobile units capable of washing engines in situ.

February 11, 2008 - 12:00pm

The efficiency of the gas turbine engines that power today’s commercial and military aircraft is approaching the highest level possible with current turbofans. But a totally new technology being pioneered by GE Aviation and researchers worldwide promises far simpler, more efficient engines that will extend aircraft range, cut fuel costs and reduce emissions.

February 11, 2008 - 9:07am

When French President Nicholas Sarkozy made his first official visit to China last November he returned with the confirmation of orders for 110 Airbus 320s and 50 A330s. Safran, the French engine, equipment and systems group, stands to benefit from these deals, especially through the possible selection of its CFM56 engines by Chinese customers.

 
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