Rotorcraft » Rotorcraft Engines

News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft powerplants.

December 6, 2007 - 5:51am

Turbomeca is investing approximately $50 million to expand production and product support activities at its Grand Prairie, Texas facility.

The allocation includes approximately $10 million to fund a 67,000-sq-ft expansion that is expected to be fully operational by May. The expansion allows the company to continue to expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul activities, as well as assemble and test some Arriel and Arrius models.

November 29, 2007 - 6:28am

St. Petersburg, Russia-based engine manufacturer Klimov is offering the VK800, a new turboshaft in the 600- to 1,000-shp range, as a low-cost alternative to Western helicopter engines. The company claims the engine is the first clean-sheet design since the Soviet era. Certification is pegged for 2009.

November 5, 2007 - 8:24am

Turbomeca has broken ground for its future research, development and manufacturing facility in Bordes, southwest France. The facility, built
to bring design and production teams closer together, will house 600 employees. Construction started in mid-September and should last until late next year or early 2009.

October 8, 2007 - 6:34am

The FAA has granted type certification to two new variants of GE’s CT7-8 turboshaft. The newly certified A and E models, more powerful and more durable than earlier versions, are intended for the Sikorsky S-92, Agusta Westland EH-101/US-101 and NH Industries NH-90 helicopters. Improved versions of the UH-60 Black Hawk, for U.S. Army Special Operations forces, are also candidates for the new unit.

October 4, 2007 - 10:17am

Taking its battle against high-priced OEM repair and technical manuals and their revisions to a higher level, Extex has placed all of the pertinent tech data for the Rolls-Royce 250 turboshaft engine, including inspection requirements, wear limits and repair procedures, on its Web site (www.extex.com). Extex is the first company of its kind to do so. The reasons behind this move are several.

September 19, 2007 - 1:37pm
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Blue skies over the Atlantic may look a little greener over the next few years as the U.S. and European Union member states work together to reduce aviation’s environmental impact.

May 4, 2007 - 10:59am

Snecma is progressing with its plans to develop a turbofan in the 10,000-pound-thrust class. Last October, the French manufacturer revealed plans to enter the business jet engine market. Design of the Silvercrest powerplant is well under way and the core should run later this year.

March 28, 2007 - 6:53am

Rolls-Royce has introduced a new network of service centers that it claims offers “unprecedented” full-capability repair and overhaul (R&O) support to operators of its Model 250 engines. Twenty support specialists now form a worldwide service network that replaces what was known as the Model 250 authorized maintenance center (AMC) network.

March 22, 2007 - 6:19am

A new NASA study claims that man-made cirrus clouds formed by commercial jet engine exhaust might be responsible for increased surface temperatures detected in the U.S. between 1975 and 1994.

Climate data shows that cirrus cloud cover over the U.S. has increased by 1 percent per decade, and the report says the rise is likely due to commercial air traffic.

March 15, 2007 - 10:59am

Honeywell’s small heavy fuel engine (SHFE), in development since 2003, “will change the game for turboshaft engines in the future,” predicted Ron Rich, the company’s director of advanced aerospace technology.

 
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