General Electric is preparing its new Passport engine for a first test run next month, the company said yesterday at EBACE. Intended to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000, the Passport 20 is scheduled for certification in 2015. Assembly of the first engine began in March, and the low-pressure turbine was installed last week.
Snecma appears to be giving itself more time before beginning flight-testing of its first business jet engine: the Silvercrest. But the apparent delay in what had been projected at last year’s EBACE show as a first flight in the first half of 2013 will likely have little bearing on the certification path for the new turbofan’s first applications.
On May 2, CFM International froze the design for the Leap-1B engine that is to power Boeing’s 737Max narrowbody and, eventually, the Boeing Business Jets derived from the airliner. The engine manufacturer, which is a joint venture between Snecma and GE, has said it on track to achieve the first full engine test in mid-2014, followed by initial flight testing in 2015 and powerplant certification in 2016. The 737Max is due to enter service in 2017.
CFM International last week froze the design of the Leap engine variant destined to power Boeing’s new 737 Max narrowbody. The Snecma-GE joint venture has said it expects to achieve the first full engine test of the Leap-1B in the middle of next year, followed by initial flight-testing in 2015 and powerplant certification in 2016. Boeing expects the 737 Max to enter service in 2017.
Maini Global Aerospace (MGA), the Bangalore-based design and manufacturing company, is looking for opportunities provided by Indian defense offsets that will help fuel its aggressive expansion plan. It expects to boost annual revenue from approximately $60 million to about $100 million by 2015.
India’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) has confirmed that it has abandoned plans to jointly develop and produce the Kaveri military aircraft engine solely with France’s Snecma.
Snecma has started running the first Silvercrest turbofan at its Villaroche test facility near Paris, France. With 11,000 pounds of thrust, two of the units will power the Cessna Longitude super-midsize business jet.
Gleaming on the Safran display (Stand 357) is a mock-up of the Snecma Silvercrest engine, which has been selected for the Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet. Displaying the model, which was first shown a few weeks ago at NBAA, underlines the fact that Silvercrest is now a program moving fast towards certification in 2015.
The Aero Engine Maintenance Training Center has graduated the 10,000th student to complete CFM56 line maintenance training since opening its doors in 1996. AEMTC is a cooperative venture between CFM, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Civil Aviation Supplies Holding Co., Civil Aviation Flying University of China (CAFUC), GE Aviation and Snecma. AEMTC was the first training center of its kind in China and was originally opened to support operation of the CFM56 and GE CF6. The school is located within the CAFUC campus in Guanghan, Sichuan Province.
China’s Spring Airlines has ordered CFM56-5B engines to power a pair of new Airbus A320s that it is due to received in January and July 2014. Engine maker CFM International announced the $40 million deal on November 14 at Airshow China 2012.