Turbine

July 15, 2010 - 4:12am

CFM International has completed the second phase of testing of the Leap-X core demonstrator known as eCore 1. This means that all three major elements of the first core–the turbine, the combustor and the compressor– have undergone evaluation. The results, according to Leap program director Ron Klapproth, have matched or exceeded all the company’s early projections, leaving the program on schedule for certification in late 2014.

July 8, 2010 - 9:01am

Loss of engine power during landing approach due to a fatigue fracture in a power turbine blade caused the fatal helicopter crash, according to the Board. N67GE, operated by Island Express Helicopters, was landing on Santa Catalina Island at the end of a Part 135 flight from Long Beach when witnesses heard a “pop” sound and saw flames emanating from the back of the engine. The helicopter then crashed and was consumed by fire.

May 29, 2010 - 6:33am

The NTSB issued two urgent safety recommendations to the FAA that pertain to the General Electric GE CF6-45/50 series turbofan engine, which is found on the Airbus A300B, DC-10-15/-30, Boeing 747-200 and -300 and KC-10.

April 14, 2010 - 12:19pm

MTU Aero Engines held a “last bolt” ceremony to mark a major milestone in the development of Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1524G geared turbofan engine slated to be used on Bombardier C Series. The company developed the engine’s turbine, which will now be sent to Pratt & Whitney to be installed on the first PurePower PW1524G engine. The engine will then begin testing procedures.

March 30, 2010 - 11:17am

The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has selected the Enstrom 480B turbine single as its next-generation training helicopter and is scheduled to take 30 of the aircraft between now and 2014.

February 22, 2010 - 3:10pm

Over the last year, Van Horn Aviation (Booth No. 3409) has introduced new tail-rotor blades for the Bell 206 and 206L models that the company says significantly reduce noise, pedal forces and maintenance requirements and have a higher life limit than OEM blades. The new 206L tail-rotor blades received an FAA STC on February 8.

February 2, 2010 - 1:45am

German company BCT is exhibiting its adaptive machining systems for the manufacture and overhaul of gas turbine engine components. The company claims that by automatically compensating for part-to-part deviations and inaccurate clamping positions, its system can improve accuracy and throughput while lowering costs.

February 2, 2010 - 1:42am

CFM International continues to work “on a daily basis” with Boeing and Airbus on new engine applications for the 737 and A320 families, according to Eric Bachelet, president and CEO of the General Electric-Snecma joint venture.

December 29, 2009 - 9:11am

Bell Helicopter’s XworX special projects and rapid prototyping center exists to give customers added value, according to Nick Lappos, senior vice president for XworX. Lappos says XworX can “be more agile and use non-traditional methods” for things such as blueprint release and purchasing to get the job done faster.

November 25, 2009 - 5:59am

Bell 407, DeLand, Fla., Jan. 7, 2008– A total loss of engine power due to the fatigue failure of a third-stage turbine wheel blade downed the single-engine helicopter, the NTSB determined. The 407–operating as an EMS transport– was nearing its patient pickup destination when the pilot reported hearing a loud bang, which was followed by a yaw to the left.

 
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