Almost three full decades ago a battle was raging over the powerplant options for what was then the all-new Airbus A320. The competitors–CFM International and International Aero Engines (IAE)–were making claim and counter-claim as to the potential advantages their respective engines would bring to the aircraft, which had been developed to grab a slice of the huge single-aisle market until then dominated by the ubiquitous Boeing 737.
With positive early test results and an accelerating work schedule, Rolls-Royce is confident it can deliver the Trent XWB as a mature engine, ready for full production before the end of 2014. Related technology programs are said to be on track in terms of high temperature and thrust.
Honda Aircraft recently achieved new milestones during flight testing of the first conforming HondaJet (F1), which reached a maximum speed of 425 ktas, rate of climb of 3,990 fpm and maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet. Powered by two GE Honda HF120 turbofans, the $4.5 million HondaJet is scheduled to enter service in the third quarter of next year. The next HondaJet to fly will be F2, and this is the third conforming jet.
Business jet operators should take action to preserve their engines if the aircraft is going to sit idle for more than two or three months, according to recommendations from engine makers. Such preventive measures can be as easy as ensuring oil is coating components properly or as complicated as removing and bagging the engines.
GE Aviation announced this week at EBACE that its TechX engine, which Bombardier selected for its Global 7000 and Global 8000, has been rebranded as “Passport.” The first model in what Cincinnati, Ohio-based GE hopes will be a series of turbofans in the 10,000- to 20,000-pound-thrust class will produce up to 16,500 pounds of thrust for the new Global jets.
GE Aircraft (Stand 358), whose TechX engine Bombardier selected to power its under-development Global 7000 and Global 8000 ultra-long-range business jets, has rebranded the big turbofan as the “Passport.”
Today at EBACE, Honda Aircraft said it has achieved new milestones during flight testing of the first conforming HondaJet (F1), which has reached a maximum speed of 425 ktas, rate of climb of 3,990 fpm and maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet. Powered by two GE Honda HF120 turbofans, the $4.5 million HondaJet is scheduled for entry into service in the third quarter of next year.
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.
Business aviation will still be burning fossil fuels in things that are recognizable as turbine engines 30 years from now. That is the prediction of Richard Dussault, Pratt & Whitney Canada’s vice president of marketing for regional airline and helicopter engines, who spoke with AIN recently at its parent company’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida.
Engine manufacturer Turbomeca is working 50-50 with Avic Engine, its Chinese counterpart, on the WZ16 turboshaft that will power the Avicopter AC352 medium twin, formerly known as the Z-15 (developed jointly with Eurocopter). Avic Engine is in charge of the compressor and accessory gearbox. The France-based company is responsible for the combustor, turbines and control system.