Gas turbines

February 12, 2014 - 12:55am
Almost 30 years on since Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW100 engine entered service, the manufacturer has continued to invest in boosting the performance of the turboprop family with improvements such as reduced maintenance requirements.

Regional airliner rivals ATR and Bombardier may still be no closer to announcing their long-anticipated new 90-seat twin turboprops, but Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is determined to be ready with the necessary powerplant for program launches that it views as inevitable. Next month, the engine maker will resume testing of the compressor unit for its proposed New Generation Regional Turboprop engine and it expects to have all testing complete by mid-year.

January 23, 2014 - 2:15pm

Conklin & de Decker released the 2014 version of its Life Cycle Cost aircraft budgeting and financial analysis tool, which includes ownership and operating cost data for more than 400 business jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. Specifically, it shows aircraft acquisition costs, operating costs, taxes and final residual values. According to Conklin, database prices are $795 for jets, $625 for turboprops or helicopters and $475 for pistons. A single-aircraft version is also available for $250 per aircraft.

January 10, 2014 - 3:20pm
The first flight test example of the WS-20 turbofan is seen on the port inboard pylon of an Il-76 testbed. (via Chinese Internet)

Photos have appeared on Chinese websites of an Ilyushin Il-76 testbed fitted with a large high-bypass ratio turbofan under the port inner pylon.

November 16, 2013 - 3:30am
The E-Airbus will have six electric fans and one gas power unit that will act as both a turbofan and a generator.

EADS has set itself an ambitious target for its E-Thrust hybrid propulsion concept, a joint effort with British engine maker Rolls-Royce that went relatively unnoticed when it was revealed at the Paris Air Show in June. The E-Airbus, under its new moniker, is to enter into service in 2030 as a 100-seat regional aircraft.

November 16, 2013 - 1:00am
Pratt & Whitney Canada is continuing with early development work for its planned New Generation Regional Turboprop.

Consensus is building among manufacturers and operators alike for a new 90-seat regional turboprop airliner, according to Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), which is eager to press ahead with its plans for a New Generation Regional Turboprop (NGRT) engine.

November 15, 2013 - 5:00am
Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powered the Boeing 787-9’s first flight in September. The upgraded Trent 1000-TEN is under development and is to enter service on the 787-8 and -9 in 2016.

Rolls-Royce (R-R) has completed a 1,500-cycle test of its new Trent 1000-TEN engine and is well into the demonstration phase ahead of formal testing in early 2014, according to T1000 program chief engineer Gareth Jones. In mid-October, the initial demonstrator unit was being stripped down in R-R’s development department as the company prepared to assemble a second test engine.

October 22, 2013 - 6:00pm
Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation

GE Aviation (Booth No. N5500) is aiming to grow its Business and General Aviation (and Integrated Systems) business to $1 billion in revenues by 2020 from the $300 million level it is at in 2013. This is already significantly up from the $150 million it turned over in 2008.

October 22, 2013 - 3:50pm
Pilatus Business Aircraft is displaying a mock-up of its twinjet PC-24, which combines light-jet operating economics with super-midsize jet capabilities.

Pilatus Business Aircraft is displaying a mock-up of its twinjet PC-24, announced earlier this year at EBACE, here at its NBAA booth (No. C12216) near the indoor static display. A prototype is currently under construction and is expected to fly late next year and certification and first customer deliveries are anticipated in 2017. Three aircraft will be used in the flight test program.

October 22, 2013 - 3:00pm

French engine manufacturer Snecma has been selected as the sole powerplant supplier for the new Dassault Falcon 5X, which was unveiled earlier this week here in Las Vegas. The new Silvercrest turbofan, rated at 11,450 pounds of thrust at takeoff and with a thrust-to-weight ratio of five, is expected to be certified in 2015. It will be the culmination of a 10-year effort, as Snecma began considering designing its first business jet engine in 2005.

October 22, 2013 - 11:30am

Six General Electric H80-powered Thrush 510Gs now operate with China’s Beidahuang General Aviation Co., following delivery of the airplanes on September 6. A subsidiary of state-owned Beidahuang Group, in 2012 the company placed the largest single order for Thrush aircraft ever when it committed to 20 Thrush 510Gs. The Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft became the first aircraft to enter service powered by H80 engines in late 2012.

 
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