There are now four Gulfstream G650 jets owned by Russian billionaires, but one of these is currently grounded as a result of U.S. economic sanctions against Russia. The aircraft in question is owned by oil and gas entrepreneur Gennady Timchenko, who was blacklisted earlier this year by U.S. government sanctions due to his close associations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
GE Aviation has revised flight-testing plans for the Passport engine, chosen by Bombardier to power its ultra-long-range Global 7000 and 8000. The engine manufacturer initially planned to begin flight-testing the first development engine on its newly acquired 747-400 flying testbed (FTB) from facilities in Victorville, Calif., in July or August. Now the plan calls for the engine to fly on GE’s 747-100 FTB later this year or early next year.
United Turbine Parts (UTP) lays claim to being the world’s leading independent supplier of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 and PT6 engines and components. With Latin America having a growing fleet of aircraft powered by these turbine engines, the region is an important growth market for the U.S. company.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) delivered the first production PW306D1 engine that will power Cessna’s new midsize Latitude twinjet, which is expected to achieve certification and commence deliveries in mid-2015. The PW306D1, a development of the PW306C/D engines that have powered the airframer’s Sovereign and Sovereign+ jets since 2004, is rated at a maximum takeoff thrust of 5,907 pounds and, according to P&WC, delivers the best thrust-to-weight ratio in its class, as well as higher thrust to climb and better overall specific fuel consumption than previous engines in the PW306 series.
Amelia Rose Earhardt, the pilot who earlier this month completed her namesake’s failed around the world attempt, will be a special guest of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) this week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Sponsored by P&WC, the present-day Earhardt flew a Pilatus PC-12NG turboprop, powered by the manufacturer’s PT-6 engine, more than 24,000 miles in 16 days, recreating the infamous 1937 global circumnavigation during which Amelia Earhardt and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared.
GE Aviation is preparing to begin flight tests of its new Leap-1C and Passport engines featuring nacelles developed for them by the group’s Nexcelle joint venture with Safran subsidiary Aircelle. Last month, Nexcelle delivered the first full new-generation nacelles for both programs. They are due to fly soon on the engine maker’s Boeing 787 testbed. The Leap-1C is to power Comac’s C919 narrowbody airliner, while the Passport has been selected for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.
Engine manufacturer GE Aviation on Monday gave an update on its class H series turboprops, which are powering four aircraft for their first flights this year.
Most activity in business jet engine research and development is taking place for business aircraft at the top end of the size range. Snecma (Booth 5515) is developing the Silvercrest for the Dassault Falcon 5X, while Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth 3834) has readied a new variant of the PW307 for the newly revealed Falcon 8X. The Québec-based manufacturer is also running the PW800, a demonstrator in the 10,000- to 20,000-lb-thrust range. GE (Booth 5551) is working on its Passport engine for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000.
With sales of the aircraft it powers going so well, Rolls-Royce (Booth 5855) has been working hard to enhance its support offering, from the network of authorized service centers to its AOG support and parts stocks.
Scientists in the propulsion system laboratory (PSL) at NASA’s Glenn research center in Cleveland, Ohio, have developed a test facility that can recreate high-altitude engine icing, a long-awaited capability that should equip the aviation industry to tackle a poorly understood hazard.
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