Honeywell (Booth No. 406) has completed 330 TFE731-5BR engine conversions for upgrading Dassault Falcon 900As to 900Bs and for upgrading Falcon 20s to the -5BR that had earlier had their CF700s replaced with -5As. The company did not specify the number of airplanes involved in the conversion program, launched in 1991, but did say that “90 percent of the available Falcon 900A fleet” has been modified.
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Pratt & Whitney has revealed the first newly manufactured components its Global Materials Solutions subsidiary has produced for the rival CFM56-3 engine.In response to CFM criticisms that non-genuine CFM56-3 parts could suffer reliability issues, P&W president Steve Finger said, “We’ve invested many millions in this program and have tremendous system knowledge of this engine. This is not uncharted land.”
The 560-pound-thrust DGEN380 turbofan engine recently made its first run in Tarnos, France, start-up company Price Induction announced. So far, the engine’s stability and vibration level are satisfactory, the company said. The 50 hours of the first test segment are being spread over this month.
After celebrating a bumper year in 2005, Rolls-Royce is pushing ahead with a huge program of reorganization to capitalize on its increasingly strong global position and secure its long-term stability.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has started running the PW617F engine. This is the latest member of its 900- to 1,300-pound-thrust PW600 family and is set to power Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet. The new turbofan was run for the first time on June 29, P&WC president Alain Bellemare told Aviation International News exclusively on the eve of the Farnborough show, saying that the engine was “going well”.
The CFM56-5B turbofan, an option on the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and A318 Elite ultra-large business jets, is now certified in an improved version. The so-called Tech Insertion upgrade takes advantage of the Snecma-General Electric Tech56 technology acquisition program. It is claimed to yield longer time on wing thanks to an additional 15- to 20-degree C margin in exhaust gas temperature limitations.
Spanish Fort, Utah-based Spectrum Aeronautical also selected the new GE/Honda HF120 turbofan to power a proposed $6.2 million midsize business jet called the S-40 Freedom. The 2,050-pound-thrust engine is slated for certification in 2009. The S-40’s certification and first deliveries are “targeted for” 2010. Spectrum said it chose the Honda engine because it believes that the engine is more efficient than the Williams International FJ44.
After announcing the launch of its Global Material Solutions (GMS) division in February, engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been busy making and testing parts for the CFM56-3 engine of its rivals General Electric and Snecma. Pratt & Whitney’s service division already overhauls and repairs CFM56 engines for airline customers and the company created GMS so that it could also offer lower-cost new parts to CFM56 operators.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., continues to work with Honeywell on an engine upgrade program for the Falcon 50. Now that a launch customer–Samaritan’s Purse of Boone, N.C.–has been secured, an STC is expected to be completed by year-end.
Safran (Hall 4 Stand B12), the offspring of last year’s somewhat surprising merger of French engine giant Snecma and communications group Sagem, claims to have found its feet quickly and to be having a boom year. Sales in 2005 showed increases for all business areas of the new group, except communications.