Pratt & Whitney’s efforts to ensure it takes pole position in the next generation of medium-sized powerplants are materializing, with several major technology programs under way aimed at ensuring its geared turbofan (GTF) demonstrator beats the competition.
The 560-pound-thrust DGEN380 turbofan engine recently made its first run in Tarnos, France, start-up company Price Induction announced. So far, the engine’s stability and vibration level are satisfactory, the company said. The 50 hours of the first test segment are being spread over this month.
French aerospace research agency Onera (Stand A321) is exploring a new way to cut noise inside the cabin of an airplane. Researchers have used a principle that simply is the reverse of the usual one.
Aviall Services (Stand A911) will provide Taiwan’s Evergreen Aviation Technologies with replacement parts for the Rolls-Royce T56 turboprop engine, extending the company’s military logistics services. The contract, to be signed here at Asian Aerospace this week, covers the T56-A-15 and T56-A-427 versions.
Meggitt (Stand A536) is introducing a number of products, including new developments in engine monitoring equipment revealed by its Vibro-Meter subsidiary. Fitted on the Boeing 737, for example, the new vibration monitors continuously check specific engine bearings and detect unusual signatures using advanced signal processing.
French engine maker Snecma is here at Asian Aerospace 2006 courting prospective partners and applications for its proposed new SM-X engine. The 8,500- to 10,500-pound thrust turbofan is being offered both for new large business jets and regional jetliners in the 40- to 60-seat class.
Both China’s J-10 fighter and the Indian air force Bakhadur MiG-27ML fighter bomber are set to be re-engined with two new variations of the Russian Salyut AL-31FN engines–the AL-31FN M1 and the 99-3, respectively.
GE Honda Aero Engines (Booth No. 1336) is refining the design of its HF118-2 engine. More than 100 engineers are working on the 1,700-pound-thrust turbofan, which still has to find its first application. “We are making it lighter and more efficient,” Gary Leonard, president of the General Electric-Honda joint venture, told EBACE Convention News here at EBACE 2006.
Athena Technologies’ CEO Dr. David Vos is in no doubt that after many false starts, the age of the unmanned air vehicle (UAV) really has dawned. His company has become the key element in most of the major UAV programs, including the U.S. Army’s Shadow and the USAF’s Target UAV.
Nordam is to obtain Middle River Aircraft Systems’s General Electric CF6 thrust-reverser maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business. It also is to be appointed exclusive authorized provider for original equipment manufacturer MRO services.