At General Electric, the official corporate slogan is “Imagination at work.” At Honda, it’s “The power of dreams.” The two companies announced last month they have merged them in an alliance to develop, certify, market and support Honda’s 1,670-pound-thrust HF118 turbofan. The result could be one of the most innovative global alliances in business-aviation history.
A former employee of GE Aircraft Engines claims the company knowingly shipped defective parts built during a 10-year period at its factory in Madisonville, Ky. The charges came to light in a $64.4 million “whisteblower” lawsuit filed by former quality-control engineer Terri Brown, unsealed in late November at the request of the Courier-Journal of Louisville.
General Electric Aircraft Engine Services’ facility at Nantgarw in south Wales is preparing to overhaul and repair the Engine Alliance’s GP7200 powerplant for the Airbus A380 super-large airliner. The program is part of a $10 million budget that will support infrastructure for the new engine over the next three to five years.
General Electric (Hall 4 Stand B7) expects its revenues to grow to a record $12.8 billion in 2006–almost 8 percent more than last year. The U.S. engine maker said here that services are driving the increase.
Sales continue to be brisk, with 1,600 CFM56 orders last year and an expectation for approximately as many this year. Meanwhile, the order book for the GEnx has swelled to almost 600 engines.
Amid the fanfare that came with securing commitments from the Canadian, Quebec and UK governments to contribute some $700 million to its proposed C Series, Bombardier absorbed a pair of punishing blows from the two contenders for providing the project’s engine. CFM and IAE ended talks with the company last month after deciding the project didn’t justify the investment needed to develop an all-new engine.
GE Honda Aero Engines recently completed component and engine core tests to validate several performance enhancements for its in-development 1,700-pound-thrust HF118 turbofan. These refinements have already resulted in a 4-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption and an 8-percent weight reduction.
GE Aircraft Engines recognized Columbia Helicopters for achieving 1.2 million flight hours on CT58 engines with a presentation in the GE booth (No. 3801) yesterday. Columbia received an award at the 2002 Heli-Expo when it reached the million-hour total.
In service for more than 40 years, the civil CT58 and military T58 turboshaft engine family has accumulated more than 30 million engine flight hours.
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