Aeronautical communications systems provider International Communications Group (Booth No. 3705) is here at NBAA’07 showing its upgraded its Sigma 7 retractor reel handset. For improved functionality in low-light conditions, the telephones will now feature a backlit keypad and LCD display. The new handset operates with all models of ICG’s cabin CTUs and Iridium systems.
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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
When Honeywell announced at last year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando its intention to build the HTF10000, a 10,000-pound-thrust turbofan engine for super-midsize to large business jets, its Tech 7000 engine demonstrator was in test with a variety of technologies running.
Rolls-Royce earlier this year was the surprise winner in the competition to power a new super-midsize business twinjet from Dassault with engines producing 10,000 pounds of thrust each. The competition launched a new engine family, referred to internally as RB282, after Rolls-Royce beat out competing designs from Snecma, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada and General Electric.
Having won the contract to supply new technology turbofan engines for the Dassault SMS, an emerging super-midsize business jet design from the French manufacturer, Rolls-Royce is in Atlanta this week exuding optimism for itself and the industry in general.
For General Electric, the 50/50 partnership with Honda to produce and market the HF120 turbofan is a return to GE’s roots in the small-turbine-engine marketplace. “This relationship with Honda is somewhat of a renaissance,” said Bill Dwyer, president of the GE Honda Aero Engines partnership. “If you look at the heritage of GE, our business started as a small-engine company.”
Snecma plans to unveil a mock-up of its 9,500- to 12,000-pound-thrust Silvercrest engine, as well as divulge more details about the project, at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta next week. The French engine manufacturer also confirmed that it will run a Silvercrest core engine in the fourth quarter.
The FAA has issued two new final rule amendments covering FAR Part 33 turbine engine certification standards.
At EAA AirVenture, Epic Aircraft’s single-engine Victory jet made its first public appearance. The Williams International FJ33-4 that powers the prototype might not power the production Victory. According to Epic, the company has not yet made the final engine selection for the Victory, but it is considering the FJ33-4 and the P&WC PW615 or 617.
For many years, the one market segment that General Electric’s turbine engine-manufacturing business didn’t serve was aircraft that use smaller turboprop engines. But that is changing; GE announced yesterday that it is buying Czech engine manufacturer Walter Engines. Based in Prague, Walter has manufactured more than 37,000 aircraft engines since 1923.
On September 10, Walled Lake, Mich.-based Williams International received FAA type certification of its new 1,568-pound-thrust FJ33-4A. The company will follow this milestone with the introduction of yet another turbofan engine.