Six General Electric H80-powered Thrush 510Gs now operate with China’s Beidahuang General Aviation Co., following delivery of the airplanes on September 6. A subsidiary of state-owned Beidahuang Group, in 2012 the company placed the largest single order for Thrush aircraft ever when it committed to 20 Thrush 510Gs. The Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft became the first aircraft to enter service powered by H80 engines in late 2012.
“We’re excited to receive this first batch of Thrush aircraft,” said Guo Qingcai, general manager of Beidahuang General Aviation Co. “These aircraft will become the backbone for our operation and we believe they will make lots of contributions in the future.”
Headquartered in Harbin, Beidahuang Group is the largest state-owned farming concern. In 1985 it established Beidahuang General Aviation Co., which claims to be the world’s largest agricultural and forestry aviation company. It operates a fleet of 54 aircraft.
“GE is proud to see the H80-powered Thrush 510G delivered to our first Chinese customer,” said Jim Stoker, president and managing executive of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops. “We are confident that the advanced material and technology of H80 engines will improve the productivity of Beidahuang General Aviation Company.”
Designed to operate without recurrent fuel-nozzle inspections and hot-section inspections typical on other turboprop engine types, the H80 family incorporates GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials. The engines offer a service life of 3,600 flight hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls. The H80 engine family also offers a standard auto start and limiting unit to simplify engine start-up, as well as a choice of propeller governors to allow customers flexibility in propeller selection.