Honeywell launched the new TFE731-50 engine here in Orlando on Sunday evening, offering up to 4,900 lb of takeoff thrust and featuring integrated nacelle and thrust reverser systems. The new turbofan is set to achieve certification in 2004.
The September 11 terrorist attacks and economic downturn have seemingly done nothing to dent the maintenance and modification business of Midcoast Aviation. In results announced last Wednesday, the company logged record 21-percent sales growth in its last financial year (ending June 30, 2002).
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., reports it is developing a number of products and services including more emphasis on its ambitious reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) compliance project.
Founded in 1946 as Transair SA at the small airfield of Colombier in western Switzerland, Transairco was part of the Beech Aircraft sales organization for 50 years–from 1947 to 1997. That association came to an end four years ago, when aircraft manufacturer Pilatus took over the company and moved to Geneva Airport.
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.
In 1996 Brian Barents accepted a position with the newly formed Galaxy Aerospace, and along with it the responsibility for integrating the assets of Astra Jet Corp., a struggling New Jersey company with a single product–the midsize Astra SPX.
Barents, president and CEO, was also a part owner of Galaxy Aerospace, along with Chicago’s Pritzker Group and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), manufacturer of the Astra SPX.
In the ever-fluid world of aerospace, to build and deliver a thousand of any major aircraft system is a milestone worthy of note. It was appropriate, then, that Phoenix-based Honeywell Engines celebrated the delivery of its 10,000th TFE731 turbofan engine on October 30.
Operators of about 1,100 Honeywell TFE731-2, -3 and -4 engines have until December 31 next year to replace fan rotor discs with improved ones under a new Airworthiness Directive (2001-23-09). The AD supersedes two previous directives that required the removal of certain older discs and established life limits on that disc series. Estimated cost for parts is $20,400 per engine.
Honeywell expects to complete field evaluation testing of its Zing remote diagnostic service for TFE731 engines by the end of next month. So far, the Zing system has accumulated more than 1,500 flight hours on a Hawker 800 and performed more than 275 downloads of engine data at U.S. and international airports. According to Honeywell, Zing will be available for TFE731-powered Hawkers through dealers and service centers starting in July.
Premier Aircraft, a joint venture between West Star Aviation and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, has named Midcoast Aviation as an authorized distributor for 50Dash4 performance upgrades for Falcon 50 business jets. According to Premier, demand for the upgrade is accelerating as performance guarantees have been regularly exceeded in operational use.