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.
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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming together yesterday at the show with a model of the Honeywell TFE731-50R–the enhanced performance engine that will help make the new Hawker 800XPR a substantial upgrade–were (l to r): Tim Mahoney, president and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace; Shawn Vick, Hawker Beechcraft Corp.
The HondaJet program has once again been delayed. Honda Aircraft this week began notifying buyers that delivery of the first HA-420 HondaJet is now planned for the third quarter of 2012. “Regrettably we’ve experienced delays in some components,” HondaJet spokesman Stephen Keeney told AIN. He could not identify the suppliers involved in the latest setback for the program.
Hawker Beechcraft Services today at EBACE unveiled the aftermarket Hawker 800XPR package for the Hawker 800XP. The upgrade replaces the aircraft’s original TFE731-5BR engines with Honeywell TFE731-50R turbofans and adds Hawker Beechcraft-designed winglets to improve performance. The company is offering a special introductory price for the upgrade as it awaits certification, which is expected this year.