A new General Electric turboprop engine, derived from the 7,500-shp GE38-1B turboshaft engine, could become available by the middle of the decade. GE has designated the new engine study CPX38, and is basing it on the turboshaft that will power the U.S. Marine Corps’ new heavy-lift helicopter, the Sikorsky CH-53K. This could mean that the CPX38 would be in the 5,000- to 6,000-shp range.
General Electric T700
Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland is here at the Farnborough airshow with three new aircraft: the civil GrandNew and the military AW159 Lynx Wildcat and AW149. All made their first flights during the last 12 months, although flight testing for the development of the Grand derivative is believed to have started two years ago.
BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company H+S Aviation has been awarded distributor and designated overhaul facility authorization by Pratt & Whitney Canada. The authorization covers the repair and overhaul of all models of the P&WC PT6T TwinPac engine used primarily on Bell and Agusta/Bell 212s and 412s. The company also services the Rolls-Royce 250/T63/T703 and General Electric T700 and CT7 turboshaft engines.
BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul (ERO) company H+S Aviation has been awarded distributor and designated overhaul facility (DDOF) authorization for repair and overhaul of all Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T TwinPac engines. This engine is installed primarily on Bell and Agusta/Bell 212 and 412 helicopters.
The latest variant of Agusta Westland’s AW101 medium-lift helicopter is appearing at the Paris Air Show for the first time here this week, raising the new variant’s international profile and helping the manufacturer promote new business with the likes of Fittipaldi Aircraft, a joint venture between car racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi and investment bank State Capital.
They’ve done it with the Chinook, now they’re doing it with the Apache. Boeing expects that the AH-64 production line will still be running in 2040, thanks to a strategy that offers a continuing series of upgrades that can be efficiently incorporated on a single production line that recycles used aircraft as well as producing new ones.
The Honeywell/Pratt & Whitney joint-venture Advanced Turbine Engine Co. (ATEC) successfully completed the preliminary design review by the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate and other government customers for the advanced affordable turbine engine (AATE) technology demonstrator program.
BBA Aviation and its engine repair and overhaul (ERO) companies are at Booth No. 2310 publicizing their array of facilities and capabilities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Its operations include Dallas Airmotive, with regional turbine centers (RTC) in Phoenix; Dayton, Ohio; and, beginning this spring, at Dallas Love Field.
The FAA has granted type certification to two new variants of GE’s CT7-8 turboshaft. The newly certified A and E models, more powerful and more durable than earlier versions, are intended for the Sikorsky S-92, Agusta Westland EH-101/US-101 and NH Industries NH-90 helicopters. Improved versions of the UH-60 Black Hawk, for U.S. Army Special Operations forces, are also candidates for the new unit.
Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell announced yesterday here at Le Bourget that they have agreed to work together to develop a new, 3,000-shp turboshaft engine for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters under the Army’s Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) technology demonstrator program.