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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.

September 22, 2010 - 8:15am

Royal Jet, a charter operator based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has awarded a new engine maintenance, repair and overhaul contract to Snecma for its CFM56-7B fleet. Snecma will provide MRO services for all CFM56-7Bs powering the operator’s Boeing Business Jets. Royal Jet operates a fleet of six BBJs. Snecma has been working with Royal Jet for eight years.
 

September 21, 2010 - 11:39am

Nextant Aerospace announced late last week that a fully equipped 400XT–powered by new Williams FJ44-3AP engines and carrying Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics–made its first flight on September 8 from Cuyahoga County Airport near Cleveland.

September 1, 2010 - 6:54am

Rolls-Royce received type certification from Brazil's ANAC and EASA for the AE3007A2, the latest model in the AE3007 series. The 9,440-pound-thrust engine, which powers Embraer's new super-midsize Legacy 650, received FAA approval in April. All engine development testing has been successfully completed and as of August 11 four engines had achieved more than 300 flying hours and cycles on two flight-test aircraft. 

August 27, 2010 - 7:29am

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Brazilian maintenance and engineering division of TAP Portugal announced an agreement to provide “comprehensive engine overhaul services for PT6A and PW100 turboprop operators in Latin America.” Engine services will be provided by TAP at its Porto Alegre facility, which offers the region’s only engine test cells.

August 26, 2010 - 12:29pm

Nextant Aerospace has begun full-power ground runs of its Beechjet-based 400XT with the Williams International FJ44-3AP engines. This marks the final phase of the ­certification ­process for the 400XT, which also includes new Rockwell ­Collins Pro Line 21 ­avionics and a zero-time airframe. Engine certification is progressing on schedule for next year, the company said, with first flight pending at press time.

July 8, 2010 - 7:11am

GE Aviation delivered the 5,000th CF34 turbofan engine. According to the engine manufacturer, the CF34 has achieved a dispatch reliability rate of 99.95 percent over more than 50 million flight hours. The next-generation CF34, which will include GE’s eCore technologies, is in development and could enter service by 2015.

July 5, 2010 - 8:58am

The FAA awarded five contracts worth a total of $125 million over five years to engine manufacturers and Boeing to “develop and demonstrate technologies that will reduce commercial jet fuel consumption, emissions and noise.” The research is intended to accelerate introduction of green technology in the FAA’s Next Generation air traffic modernization program as part of the agency’s continuous lower energy, emissions and noise (Cleen) program.

June 28, 2010 - 12:41pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada president John Saabas told Bloomberg Businessweek that the business jet market will return to peak production levels by 2015, reaching the record levels of 2008 in 2014 or 2015. This closely matches a forecast issued in April by Embraer, which uses several P&WC engine models on its executive jets, that said 2008 levels will be attained around 2016.

June 26, 2010 - 5:30am

The FAA has awarded Pratt & Whitney a one-year contract under its Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (Cleen) program to develop engine technology aimed at reducing specific fuel consumption, noise and engine emissions. This funding will support Pratt & Whitney 's ongoing development of its PurePower geared-turbofan engine.

May 27, 2010 - 12:02pm

Rolls-Royce today announced that it has successfully run the latest E3E (efficiency, environment, economy) core engine as part of its two-shaft research program, which is intended to develop future powerplants for business jets and single-aisle airliners. The latest core build produced “excellent results” during 40 hours of run trials at Stuttgart University’s altitude test facility, exceeding flight-envelope requirements, the company said.

 
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