StandardAero last month concluded a shakedown run of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW600 at the company’s new test cell facility in Maryville, Tenn. The company began work on the $6 million facility in June last year. It is the first test cell dedicated to PW600 repair and overhaul, but the company said it designed the facility to accommodate engines up to 30,000 pounds of thrust.
Nit Subramaniam has joined BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul as director of technical process improvement. He retired from Garrett Aviation/AlliedSignal in 2005 after 26 years but continued to do consulting work for the company, developing engineering and quality procedures for manufacturing and maintainability processes on the TFE731, TPE331 and CFE738 engines and 36-series APUs.
General Electric, the global giant with $126 billion in annual revenue, is at NBAA ’02 (Booth No. 633) with the expressed intent to expand its role in corporate and regional aviation.
Through mid-September, the Honeywell AS907 engine program had logged more than 3,500 hr of configuration testing and over 8,000 hr of total test time including 600 hr on Honeywell’s Boeing 720 flying test bed and nearly 20 hr during 10 test flights on Bombardier’s Continental business jet.
Revised lower life cycles of certain rotating parts of the CFE738 engines on the Falcon 2000 prompted a proposed AD to require replacement of these parts before they reach the new reduced limits. Specifically, the HPT stage 1 aft cooling plates would have to be replaced on or before reaching 3,500 cycles since new (CSN). The HPT stage 2 disks would have to be replaced on or before reaching 2,700 CSN.
Flight testing of the Falcon 2000EX, a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C-powered version of the Falcon 2000, began on October 25. During its 1 hr 45 min first flight from Dassault’s facility in Merignac, France, the 2000EX reached 35,000 ft and Mach 0.82. In addition to its 3,800-nm range (a 25-percent improvement– nearly 900 nm–over the CFE738-powered Falcon 2000), the 2000EX is expected to climb to 41,000 ft in 21 min.
Dassault Falcon Jet announced last month that as a central thrust in its strategy to bolster customer support it has spent more than $7 million on the Wilmington, Del. service facility and FBO that it bought from Atlantic Aviation in October 2000. Including the undisclosed purchase price, DFJ expects to invest $30 million in the facility all told.
The Dassault Falcon 2000 series is getting a facelift, with increased range for the Falcon 2000LX (which replaces the 2000EX) and slightly less range for the Falcon 2000DX (which supersedes the Falcon 2000). Flight tests are under way and both airplanes are expected to be certified late this year. Deliveries should follow early next year.
Honeywell will discuss the status of much of its product line, from engines and APUs to avionics, this afternoon and again tomorrow morning in a series of maintenance and operations sessions. A general session introducing the theme “Engage Honeywell for Service” will begin at 1 p.m.
Dassault’s Falcon 2000DX is slated to fly next month. The new model is a shorter range derivative of the 2000EX and replaces the original Falcon 2000, which dates back to the mid-1990s. The program is almost on schedule, according to a company spokesman.
The first example of the new twinjet is currently in ground tests. With the flight test program expected to take just 50 hours, certification is pegged for September.