Microturbo (Booth No. 1143) is ground testing its e-APU, a new auxiliary power unit designed for new-generation business aircraft that are expected to need more electrical power. The company projects certification and first deliveries in early 2012.
A prevailing gloomy economic outlook notwithstanding, Turbomeca projected an air of optimism at a Saturday afternoon press briefing when Pierre Fabre, the company’s chairman and CEO, declared that the French turboshaft engine manufacturer has “long-term confidence in the helicopter market.” He said Turbomeca’s immediate goal is to stabilize activity at the same high level achieved in 2008 when it built 1,313 engines and recorded “the best over
Microturbo’s new auxiliary power unit, dubbed the e-APU, made its first run on a test bench in Toulouse, France, late in December. According to the Safran subsidiary, initial tests have been successful. With an electric power output of 15 to 90 kWe, the e-APU is targeted at new business aircraft and helicopters. The test program will continue throughout this year, notably to demonstrate a start-up ceiling of 41,000 feet.
J.R. “Rick” Hundley has been named president and CEO of San Antonio-based M7 Aerospace, succeeding Ron Frederick, who is retiring in December. Hundley previously was a senior executive at consulting firm Business Strategies International, aerospace manufacturing and service organization Safran USA, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.
Microturbo (Booth No. 4287) is on track to perform a first test run of its so-called e-APU family of auxiliary power units for business jets by the end of the year. The company intends to achieve certification in 2011, having recently reached an agreement with the Triumph group to provide a gear box for the APUs, which are intended to deliver the additional electrical power required by new business aircraft.
French aerospace conglomerate Safran (Booth No. 4287) said it is reorganizing to meet the challenges presented by the growing role of electronics in aircraft systems and subsystems design.
GE Aviation and Safran signed a memorandum of agreement here yesterday to create a new 50-50 joint venture to develop, produce and support engine nacelles for future single-aisle commercial airliners. The as-yet unnamed joint-venture company will operate under the auspices of GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS) and Safran’s Aircelle subsidiary.
Snecma Services has signed a three-year maintenance contract with privately-owned Bahrain Air to support the CFM56-5A engines that power the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft–which will number four by the end of the year.
Sagem Défense Sécurité is displaying a dynamic demonstration of its integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) on the Safran Group stand (Hall 4 B12). Designed to replace electro-mechanic instruments and piloting and navigation functions, the ICDS is composed of a primary flight display, engine monitoring system, navigation display and multi-function display, or a combination of all four.
The new TR-3 turbojet shown at the Safran stand (Hall 4/B12) is the smallest yet to be developed and put into production by Microturbo (one of Safran’s subsidiary companies). Certification of the tiny engine is expected by the end of this year, with series production slated to begin in 2009.