Lanny Renshaw, TFE731 technical representative for Lincoln, Neb.-based Duncan Aviation, was recently awarded Honeywell’s 2004 New Solutions Contribution Award. The award recognizes Renshaw’s commitment and contributions to the Spotlight on Excellence program.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., said it passed the first engineering milestone for its program to upgrade the original Falcon 50 engine (the Honeywell TFE731-3) to a TFE731-4, to provide the “Falcon 50-4” with longer range, increased hot and high performance, better climb and higher cruise thrust than the basic aircraft, according to the company.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., continues to work with Honeywell on an engine upgrade program for the Falcon 50 expected to be completed in the third quarter of next year, several months later than originally planned.
Jet-Care International is offering a diagnostic tool for monitoring the condition of Honeywell TFE731 engines. “It was apparent from a recent survey that it was of great interest to operators to have the DEEC (digital electronic engine control) download read in its entirety, and Jet-Care is pleased to announce we have succeeded in identifying all the fault codes that are registered within the DEECs,” said Jet-Care CEO David Glass.
A new powder-metal turbine disk that Honeywell calls Alloy 10 might show up soon in an engine near you, according to Ron Rich, director of advanced technology development for Honeywell Engines, Systems and Services.
GE Honda Aero Engines, though it has yet to announce an airframe application for its engine, continues to develop its HF118 1,700-pound-thrust turbofan. The company validated durability and performance enhancements on rig tests held in March at Honda’s facility in Japan.
With the announcement last month of its intent to acquire Garrett Aviation Services, The Carlyle Group is creating a formidable business aviation industry presence in the U.S.
The Washington-based global private equity firm expected to close the $160 million cash deal to acquire Garrett from General Electric by the end of last month and will integrate Garrett into its U.S.-based Piedmont Hawthorne holdings.
In the 16-day period between April 27 and May 13, three OEMs started flight testing four of their latest aircraft. Two of the aircraft–the Falcon 7X and the Airbus A380–are equipped with fly-by-wire (FBW) primary control systems, but it is the Falcon 7X that is introducing this advanced technology to corporate aviation in a clean-sheet business jet design.
With more than 15 years’ experience working on the TFE731 engine as an independent FAR 145 Repair Station, BizJet International has recently become a major service center for the Honeywell TFE731-2-3-5 and TFE731-20-40-60 engines.
East Alton, Ill.-based Premier Aircraft, a joint venture between Premier Air Center and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, has a launch customer for its Falcon 50-4 performance upgrade program.