GE Aviation is currently gathering hardware for the assembly of the first Passport engine for the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 program. Assembly of the first full engine will begin by year end, according to Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation organization.
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General Electric and Rolls-Royce tie for first place among turbofan manufacturers, each scoring an overall average of 8.0 for the quality of product support they provide their customers. Compared with last year, that score represented an improvement of 5 percent for GE and 1 percent for R-R.
GE Aviation launched two derivatives of its recently certified 800-shp H80 turboprop engine–the 750-shp H75 and 850-shp H85. Like the H80, the H75 and H85 will be aimed at the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop segments. EASA and FAA certification of the derivative engines is expected early next year. The H75 and H85 will be certified and manufactured at GE Aviation’s facility in the Czech Republic, where production of the H80 is already under way.
Austro Engine (Outside Exhibit 18), part of the group that owns Austria’s Diamond Aircraft, is exhibiting its new diesel and rotary engines for light aircraft and drones at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow. The company is actively talking to other airframers about finding new applications for its AE series of diesel engines, which will include the in-development AE500.
General Electric/Safran joint venture Nexcelle has successfully completed the test program for the thrust reverser on next-generation integrated propulsion systems (IPS).
GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine received type certification from the Brazilian Civil Aviation agency (ANAC) and the Argentine aviation authority (Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil) last week. These certifications follow similar approvals from EASA and the FAA. The first aircraft to enter service with the 800-shp H80 will be the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft. It has also been selected to power the Aircraft Industries L410 regional turboprop.
Pratt & Whitney Canada expects to assemble and ground test the first PW800 demonstrator “some time this year,” P&WC president John Saabas told AIN during Pratt & Whitney’s “Media Day” event, held last month in Hartford, Conn. The PW800, which had won a place on the now defunct Cessna Citation Columbus in 2008, lost its only application when the program was suspended in 2009.
Seca has launched its Global Engine Management Service (Gems), which is designed to support business aviation operators with services ranging from simple powerplant support to MRO, on-site consultation and maintenance, rental engines, and even purchase and sales support. Contracts for Gems can be pay-by-the-hour, by-the-event or time-and-materials–the operators decide what works best for them, said the company.
Now that its 11,000-pound-thrust Silvercrest turbofan has a launch application–the Cessna Citation Longitude–Snecma can get serious about engine certification efforts. Flight testing of the engine is due to start in the first half of 2013 using a Gulfstream GII as a testbed, with engine certification pegged for 2015, the French company said yesterday at EBACE.
GE Aviation has frozen the design of its 16,500-pound-thrust GE Passport 20 engine, which will power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets, the company announced at EBACE yesterday. Consequently, the GE engine has entered the detailed design phase. “Component fabrication will begin soon,” it said, “leading to the start of assembly of the first full engine by year-end.”