Jet engines

October 18, 2014 - 10:40am
Fuel analysis

Engine condition trend monitoring specialist Jet-Care is making its gas path analysis (GPA) available to operators of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6 turboprop engines. The process detects deterioration and faults in the engine core by analyzing key flight data parameters, including fuel flow, shaft speeds and gas temperatures.

In tandem with the GPA service, Jet-Care also offers an array of laboratory services; analyzing oil, chips, filter debris, fuel and hydraulic fluids. These help to provide a fuller picture of an engine’s condition (see below).

October 8, 2014 - 11:05am

The FAA proposes to supersede AD 2012-14-06, which applies to certain Rolls-Royce 250-C20, - C20B, and -C20R/2 turboshaft engines. The current AD requires a one-time visual inspection and fluorescent-penetrant inspection on certain third- and fourth-stage turbine wheels for cracks in the turbine blades.

October 2, 2014 - 2:25pm

Williams International and Rolls-Royce tied for best turbofan support and Honeywell earned the top spot for turboprop support, according to the 2014 AIN Product Support Survey Part 3: Engines.

October 1, 2014 - 6:00am

Jet Engines

Among manufacturers of turbofans for business aircraft, Williams retains the number-one slot in product support but is not alone at the top this year, sharing the honors with Rolls-Royce, which moves up from the number-three slot it held last year.

September 10, 2014 - 11:00am

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for all Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114 and PT6A-114A turboprop engines. It requires initial and repetitive borescope inspection of compressor turbine blades (CT), and the removal from service of blades that fail inspection. This AD was prompted by several incidents of CT blade failure, causing power loss and engine failure. The purpose of the AD is to prevent failure of CT blades, which could result in damage to the engine and the airplane.

September 8, 2014 - 9:33am

The second Bombardier CSeries CS100 flight-test vehicle returned to the air on September 7 after more than a three-month hiatus. FTV2 took off at 6:10 p.m.

September 5, 2014 - 10:42am

Bombardier confirmed on Friday that the modified Pratt & Whitney PW1524G engines for the CSeries flight-test vehicles have successfully completed the testing required for return to flight test and that the second test vehicle (FTV2) will return to the air this month.

September 2, 2014 - 4:44pm

Rolls-Royce is making progress in the development of its next generation of Trent engines with the completion of testing of the composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan systems for its Advance and Ultrafan turbofan designs. The CTi was tested at the engine maker’s John C.

August 2, 2014 - 4:45am

The 2014 Farnborough International Airshow (July 14-20) was a dynamic and captivating edition of the long-running biennial event–packed with high-octane sales activity, novelty and a touch of controversy. As of press time, the show was on track to surpass all the main metrics for the 2012 event, with more than twice the volume of announced sales; more than 100,000 visitors on the five trade days; and approximately 1,500 exhibitors (of which 26 percent were newcomers and 15 percent had expanded their presence).

July 17, 2014 - 6:37am

Eaton has been selected by Rolls-Royce to continue providing its engine build-up for another Trent engine program, the Trent XWB-97. The 97,000 pound-thrust turbofan will power the new Airbus A350-1000 platform.

 
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