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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
Fifty years after delivering its very first engine to Beechcraft, Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrated another milestone yesterday by delivering to Beechcraft at EAA AirVenture the 80,000th PT6 turboprop, in this case a -60A variant that powers the King Air 350i. “As we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic engine,” said P&WC president John Saabas, “we are proud to share this important moment with Beechcraft, which was the first customer to select the PT6.” The PT6 has since become the most popular engine in all aviation market segments.
On July 30, GE Aviation and China Aviation Industry General Aviation (Caiga) signed an agreement at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the first network of service centers for the H80 turboprop series in China. The agreement covers the H75, H80 and H85 engines and components. Signing the agreement were Yang Zhong, general manager for Caiga’s sales, marketing and customer service department, and Jim Stoker, president and managing executive for GE Aviation Czech, which manufactures the company’s H80 family.
This year’s EAA AirVenture coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic engines ever to power a general aviation aircraft–the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. To celebrate the event, the United Technologies subsidiary has a slate of events and announcements to take place at the show. Eleven PT6-powered aircraft will be on display in the Conoco Phillips Plaza on Wednesday, July 31, and the company will have several engines including the PT6A-41 and PT6A-65 on display at its booth.
In its description of a new rule outlining the upcoming ban on jets that don’t meet Stage 2 noise standards, the FAA incorrectly stated that hushkits are available only for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs.
Certification testing is under way on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s test facility in Peebles, Ohio. The engine, which will power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000, began ground testing on Monday and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 pounds of thrust. This first full engine test launches a certification program that will include more than 4,000 ground hours and 8,000 cycles of testing. Certification is expected in 2015. Flight-testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled to begin next year.
UK aerostructures and equipment group GKN Aerospace has been contracted by Snecma to provide low-pressure turbine (LPT) cases for the Silvercrest SC-2C engine for the Cessna Citation Longitude. Under a long-term agreement valued at $15.7 million, production of LPT cases by GKN Aerospace-Norway for delivery to Snecma’s Villaroche facility will accelerate as the engine is prepared for the Longitude’s scheduled entry into service in 2017.
UK aerostructures and equipment group GKN Aerospace has been contracted by Snecma to provide low-pressure turbine (LPT) cases for the Silvercrest SC-2C engine for the Cessna Citation Longitude business jet. Under a long-term agreement valued at £10 million ($15.7 million), production of LPT cases by GKN Aerospace-Norway for delivery to Snecma’s Villaroche facility will accelerate as the engine is prepared for the Longitude’s scheduled entry into service in 2017.
General Electric is preparing its new Passport engine for a first test run this month. Chosen to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000, the Passport 20 is scheduled for certification in 2015. Assembly of the first engine began in March. The Passport has been developed from General Electric’s eCore technology, which is also used in the CFM Leap engine for single-aisle airliners.
The price of maintaining Rolls-Royce Spey engines, which power the Gulfstream II and III, has dropped dramatically over the last several years, according to MRO shops and operators. Gulfstream made 460 GIIs and GIIIs between 1966 and 1987, but operators increasingly are scrapping them in response to rising fuel prices and more stringent anti-noise requirements that will require the installation of hush kits or restrict operations.