The Aero Engine Maintenance Training Center has graduated the 10,000th student to complete CFM56 line maintenance training since opening its doors in 1996. AEMTC is a cooperative venture between CFM, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Civil Aviation Supplies Holding Co., Civil Aviation Flying University of China (CAFUC), GE Aviation and Snecma. AEMTC was the first training center of its kind in China and was originally opened to support operation of the CFM56 and GE CF6. The school is located within the CAFUC campus in Guanghan, Sichuan Province.
Danish commercial airline Cimber Sterling has selected StandardAero for its CFM International CFM56-7B engine maintenance services. The work is being performed at StandardAero’s GE-Designated Fulfillment Center in Winnipeg, Canada. According to StandardAero it has already completed two major repair events on Cimber Sterling’s CFM56-7B engines. The partnership was established with Cimber Sterling’s request for StandardAero to manage the MRO effort, including shipping and logistics, lease engine support, on-wing removal and re-installation, and core overhaul of engines.
In late 2012 CFM International plans to run the third development core, known as “eCore 3,” for the Leap engine it is developing for the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C919 airliners. On Tuesday, the General Electric-Snecma join venture also announced it is ramping up production, after having delivered 1,354 CFM56s last year.
Fuel system specialist Woodward, here at the Singapore Airshow (Booth E35) for the first time, is highlighting its contribution to the in-development CFM International Leap engine family. Woodward is providing Leap’s fuel system, including (but not limited to) actuators and air valves. The Fort Collins, Colorado-based company claims to have displaced other suppliers, such as Honeywell and Arkwin, from the new turbofan program.
CFM International recorded a record year in 2011, logging orders for 1,500 commercial, military and spare CFM56 engines and commitments for 3,056 Leap engines for a combined value of $51.7 billion at list prices.
CFM International is ramping up the production of its CFM56 turbofan engines, driven by a record backlog and helped by new production methods. In 2010, the GE-Snecma joint venture signed 1,584 orders, and its current backlog now stands at a record 7,000-plus engines.
CFM International is busy developing the Boeing 737 MAX’s version of its Leap turbofan and is zeroing in on specifications. Critically, the Leap-1B will have a fan diameter somewhere between the current CFM56-7’s 61 inches and the Leap-1A’s (for the Airbus A320neo) 78 inches.
ST Aerospace has become a TruEngine service provider and claims to be the first independent MRO shop to earn that distinction. It joins GE Aviation Services and Snecma, which have a 50-50 stake in CFM International. The TruEngine program, launched in 2008, was developed in response to a growing industry need to better understand the maintenance history of engines as they come up for resale.
Major orders for the new CFM International Leap-X turbofan engine are due to be announced during the first four days of the Paris show, intensifying the battle with Pratt & Whitney to power the Airbus A320neo. “We’re set for this to be one of our best shows ever,” said the company.
Protectionists have sounded the familiar alarms over GE’s joint venture with China’s Avic, formalized during January’s state visit to Washington by Chinese president Hu Jintao. The venture, an equal partnership between GE Aviation and Avic, will involve the development and marketing of integrated, open-architecture aviation electronic systems to the global commercial aerospace industry for new aircraft programs, according to GE.
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