With Williams FJ44-3AP certification finalized on May 12, the Nextant Aerospace 400XT is on course for full approval of its remanufactured Beechjet 400A/400XP this month. At press time, FAA officials were scheduled to wrap up their flight tests by the end of last month, and Nextant president James Miller said function and reliability testing is planned to be completed by June 15. This would pave the way for STC approval by June 30.
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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
Business jet operators should take action to preserve their engines if the aircraft is going to sit idle for more than two or three months, according to recommendations from engine makers. Such preventive measures can be as easy as ensuring oil is coating components properly or as complicated as removing and bagging the engines.
GE Aviation announced this week at EBACE that its TechX engine, which Bombardier selected for its Global 7000 and Global 8000, has been rebranded as “Passport.” The first model in what Cincinnati, Ohio-based GE hopes will be a series of turbofans in the 10,000- to 20,000-pound-thrust class will produce up to 16,500 pounds of thrust for the new Global jets.
Turboprop engine specialist Blackhawk of Waco, Texas, is celebrating its 300th engine upgrade at this year’s EBACE. The customer in question is Germany’s Reinhardt Michel, who owns and flies a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne, purchased in 2004.
GE Aircraft (Stand 358), whose TechX engine Bombardier selected to power its under-development Global 7000 and Global 8000 ultra-long-range business jets, has rebranded the big turbofan as the “Passport.”
Honeywell’s new HTF7500E engine has reached a flight-test milestone of 20 flights and more than 140 test hours on the OEM’s B757 flying test bed. The energy-efficient engine will power Embraer’s new Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 series aircraft, and test flights will start on the jets during the second half of 2011.
The in-service fleet of Honeywell’s HTF7000 turbofans powering Bombardier Challenger 300s reached one million flight hours in April. More than 600 engines are operating in the field and Honeywell says dispatch reliability stands at 99.94 to 99.95 percent.
Honeywell (Stand 7044) has completed certification of its HTF7250G engine, which powers the in-development supermidsize Gulfstream G250, and is progressing with the development of the HTF7500E for the midlight/midsize Embraer Legacy 450/500. The U.S.-based manufacturer is also working on upgrades for the HTF7000, in service on the supermidsize Bombardier Challenger 300.
Business aviation will still be burning fossil fuels in things that are recognizable as turbine engines 30 years from now. That is the prediction of Richard Dussault, Pratt & Whitney Canada’s vice president of marketing for regional airline and helicopter engines, who spoke with AIN recently at its parent company’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida.
Ask experienced aircraft owners and pilots what good product support means to them and they will likely tell you it is extremely important to every safe flight and every successful flight operation.