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.
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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
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.
Dassault has selected the Thales TopStart electric starter-generator system for the Falcon 5X. The equipment manufacturer claims the unit reduces weight and improves engine durability. The system marks the first time the Paris-based company has combined electric starting and power generation functions in a single unit for a business jet.
With the award of FAA certification for the GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 on Friday, “We are finalizing the HondaJet type certification schedule with the FAA based on the engine type certification achievement and will be sharing an update [later] this week,” Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino told AIN.
Dassault Falcon introduced its Falcon 5X just one day ago, and already it is announcing partners in the aircraft’s production. At NBAA 2013 the company announced that it has selected Pratt & Whitney’s APS500[D] auxiliary power unit to provide the aircraft with electrical power for main engine starting and cabin air-conditioning on the ground. Pratt & Whitney Aeropower is partnering with Safran Microturbo to customize the APU for the 5X.
GE Aviation is aiming to expand its Business and General Aviation business to $1 billion in revenues by 2020 from the current $300 million level. This is already significantly up from the $150 million it turned over in 2008. Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of the unit, said $1 billion has been the goal he has headed for since 2008. The challenge, he believes, is to right-size products from the larger GE Aviation into engine technology for business aircraft “that the market can afford.”