Snecma has started running the first Silvercrest turbofan at its Villaroche test facility, near Paris. With 11,000 pounds of thrust, the Silvercrest will power the Cessna Longitude super-midsize business jet. EASA engine certification is slated for 2015 and FAA validation is expected shortly thereafter.
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GE Aviation (Booth No. 3900) is planning on testing the first full Passport 20 engine, slated to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000, in the second quarter of next year. The design of the 16,500-pound-thrust turbofan was frozen in April this year. A series of thorough safety trials is well under way.
Honeywell is targeting the third quarter of next year for the certification of the HTF7500E turbofan. This is a revised schedule that fits with Embraer’s delay in developing the midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 business jets.
Covington Aircraft, a Pratt & Whitney Canada distributor and designated overhaul facility since 2009, recently expanded its approved capabilities to include maintenance, repair and overhaul on most PT6A engines. The company sells new P&WC PT6As and says it maintains an ample supply of rental engines to keep customers flying. Founded in 1972, Covington Aircraft still overhauls Pratt & Whitney R-985 and R-1340 radial piston engines at its Okmulgee, Okla. facility.
General Electric and Rolls-Royce tie for first place among turbofan manufacturers, each scoring an overall average of 8.0 for the quality of product support they provide their customers. Compared with last year, that score represented an improvement of 5 percent for GE and 1 percent for R-R.
Rolls-Royce has completed testing of the latest build of a research two-shaft engine core, known as “Core 3/2d,” as part of the E3E (efficiency, environment, economy) program. The core evaluation campaign ends without a previously planned endurance test, however. E3E technology forms the basis of Rolls-Royce’s Advance2 future two-shaft engine program, which targets entry into service in 2018.
The FAA has granted FAA-PMA approval to the new Hartzell Engine Technologies ALV-9610 100-amp alternator for Continental -470, -520 and -550 piston engines, which replaces the original Crittendon and ALV-9510 units. The new alternator weighs 12.75 pounds, saving up to 9.25 pounds per alternator, and features a compact design with integral noise filtering. Cost of the ALV-9610 is $1,100, with a $425 core charge and two-year warranty.
Austro Engine (Outside Exhibit 18), part of the group that owns Austria’s Diamond Aircraft, is exhibiting its new diesel and rotary engines for light aircraft and drones at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow. The company is actively talking to other airframers about finding new applications for its AE series of diesel engines, which will include the in-development AE500.
Flexjet is offering new and existing customers free fuel when they purchase fractional shares from now until April 30. Customers purchasing a one-sixteenth share in a Learjet will receive a credit of 12 hours of free fuel; a similar share in a Challenger earns a 25-hour fuel credit. According to Flexjet, the credit, which includes fuel component adjustments and federal excise taxes, is based on published rates on the day of contract closing and will be applied to the fuel surcharges per hour flown.
In another sign of China’s growing interest in general aviation activities, the CAAC issued validation of the FAA type certificate for the Superior Air Parts Vantage piston engine. The Vantage is a four-cylinder, 361-cu-in, 180-hp engine available in carbureted or fuel-injected configurations. CAAC officials spent five days conducting an audit and evaluation process at Superior’s Coppell, Texas headquarters.