BBA Group, parent company of Signature Flight Support FBOs and the Dallas Airmotive maintenance center, has acquired Barrett Turbine Engine Company. Barrett specializes in the repair and overhaul of turbine-engine components, particularly for the Honeywell TFE731 series. No changes in the management or location of the Augusta, Ga., company are planned, said BBA Aviation officials.
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Williams International launched the 3,500-pound-thrust FJ44-4, a FADEC-equipped turbofan engine that uses essentially the same core as the 3,000-pound-thrust FJ44-3. Detailed performance parameters are being kept under tight wraps until an application for the new engine is announced. A spokesman for Williams International, based in Walled Lake, Mich., said at the show the company is just now beginning to market the engine to potential OEMs.
Airbus Military will receive the first four flight test engines for the delayed A400M medium-lift transport by the end of the year, ending speculation that the TP400 engine program has run into serious difficulties.
Russell Turner, a former top executive for Boeing’s United Space Alliance business in Houston, is the new president of Honeywell Aerospace’s $4.7 billion Engines, Systems and Services division. He assumed his duties at Honeywell on June 1, taking over from interim president Mike Redenbaugh, who returns to his previous job at the Phoenix company’s propulsion systems business.
Certain operators of the Learjet 30 and Falcon 10/100 series are eligible to receive a free upgrade that converts their Honeywell TFE731-2 engines to -2C versions.
Safire Aircraft selected the Williams FJ33, derated to 1,100 pounds thrust, to power the Florida company’s S-26 very light twinjet. Safire disclosed last August it was seeking an alternate supplier to its first choice, Agilis Engines, which has never manufactured an engine of its own design but over the past several years has been a supplier of engineering services to OEMs.
Following years of setbacks in trying to complete STCs for the installation of its 600-hp turbocharged V8 piston engine in King Airs and other business airplanes, Orenda Recip has discontinued the program.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW610F turbofan engine will power the Eclipse 500, the two companies announced on February 19, ending nearly three months of speculation about how Eclipse would get the program moving again after it terminated its agreement with Williams to use the EJ22 engine.
Teal Group announced the results of its market analysis for the turbofan industry, predicting a total of 40,989 turbofan engines will be built in the 10 years spanning 2004 and 2013. Teal estimates the value of the engines to be about $160 billion, up 1 percent from last year’s 2003-2012 market forecast.
TDG Aerospace has introduced the Universal Fault Interrupter (UFI 3000), designed to prevent ignition sources resulting from arcing events in aircraft electrical systems.