The European Union (EU) is trying to attract more small- and medium-size enterprises to participate in its long-running CleanSky joint technology program. With public funds available to back research-and-development work aimed at reducing the environmental impact of air transport, it hopes to spread such support beyond major aerospace firms.
GE Aviation has signed an agreement with Solo Aviation naming the MRO an authorized service center for the M601 and H80. It allows Solo Aviation to offer line maintenance, removal and re-installation of engines and LRUs and engine spares for the M601 and H80. Under the terms of the agreement GE Aviation will provide Solo Aviation with material support and training.
Chromalloy has launched a Web-based catalog of gas turbine engine parts and repairs. “Commercial aircraft operators and engine maintenance and repair shops can search the catalog for aircraft engine parts and repairs. Searches return results instantaneously and allow the user to contact a company representative,” a company spokesman said. The database-driven catalog lists engine information by manufacturer, engine type and engine section.
Commercial aircraft operators and engine maintenance and repair shops can quickly search Chromalloy’s new online catalog for aircraft engine parts and repairs. “The new Web-based [http://chromalloy.com/CapabilityCatalog] catalog returns instant results and [simplifies] contact [with] a company representative,” a spokesman said.
Among turbofan manufacturers, Williams International remains tops with AIN readers for the support it provides to operators. Rolls-Royce, combined into one listing this year for the first time instead of being separated into R-R and R-R Deutschland, takes second place and, by barely a gnat’s whisker, bumps Pratt & Whitney Canada to third place.
With the deadline for the comment period on the Environmental Protection Agency’s advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to phase out leaded avgas having just passed, many in the industry remain galvanized for possible effects of the proposed mandate.
Turbofan manufacturers are developing cleaner, quieter and more environmentally friendly engines that will meet current and future regulatory requirements. That fact should come as no surprise, since they have been doing this all along as the natural byproduct of efforts to build more fuel-efficient and quieter turbofans for a market that demands nothing less.
The FAA awarded contracts valued at $125 million to several manufacturers to develop and demonstrate technologies that will reduce jet aircraft fuel consumption, emissions and noise.
Pratt & Whitney believes open rotors are not the solution to powering future single-aisle aircraft and will offer developed versions of its PW1000G series of geared turbofans for all new and derivative single-aisle aircraft.
Centurion Aircraft Engines’ Centurion 2.0s is now available in Europe as an upgrade through a supplemental type certificate (STC), which covers installing the 155-hp engine on the Cessna 172F through -S models. EASA issued the STC to Centurion on May 21. The 2.0s provides 20 more horsepower than the original Centurion 2.0. It is Fadec-controlled to keep engine parameters within range and is operated through a single lever power control.