The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for all Honeywell ALF502L-2C; ALF502R-3; ALF502R-3A; ALF502R-5; LF507-1F; and LF507-1H turbofans. The AD was prompted by two reports of engines experiencing uncontained release of low-pressure (LP) turbine blades. The AD requires operational checks of the engine overspeed trip system to prevent LP turbine overspeed, which could lead to uncontained release of the LP turbine blades and damage to the airplane.
Launching the A320 New Engine Option (A320neo) has given Airbus time in which to develop new technologies before having to invest in all-new designs, say senior executives. The move could save perhaps $10 billion in short-term expenditure, while keeping A320 operating costs a step ahead of aspiring market entrants.
Pratt & Whitney signed a definitive agreement with Russia’s Irkut on Tuesday to supply the PurePower PW1400G turbofan for Irkut’s planned MC-21 narrowbodies. The contract secures the PurePower engine—formerly known as the Geared Turbofan—as the only Western powerplant offered on the 150- to 210-seat series of jets.
Pratt & Whitney Canada expects to assemble and ground test the first PW800 demonstrator “some time this year,” P&WC president John Saabas told AIN during Pratt & Whitney’s “Media Day” event, held last month in Hartford, Conn. The PW800, which had won a place on the now defunct Cessna Citation Columbus in 2008, lost its only application when the program was suspended in 2009.
A looming pilot shortage, stubbornly high fuel prices, industry consolidation and new regulations that will require, among other items, first officers to carry an Air Transport Pilots certificate by August 2013 all made their mark on the 37th annual Regional Airline Association convention, held May 21 to 24 in Minneapolis.
GE Aviation has teamed with Ocean Sky Jet Centre, a Luton FBO, “[to] allow us to best serve our customers so they can enjoy the games,” said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation organization. According to Mottier, dedicated GE Aviation field service representation will be on-site at Ocean Sky Jet Centre through the Olympics for any line maintenance needs. In addition, GE Aviation will position new and exchange materials in the region for easy access.
Now that its 11,000-pound-thrust Silvercrest turbofan has a launch application–the Cessna Citation Longitude–Snecma can get serious about engine certification efforts. Flight testing of the engine is due to start in the first half of 2013 using a Gulfstream GII as a testbed, with engine certification pegged for 2015, the French company said yesterday at EBACE.
GE Aviation has frozen the design of its 16,500-pound-thrust GE Passport 20 engine, which will power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets, the company announced at EBACE yesterday. Consequently, the GE engine has entered the detailed design phase. “Component fabrication will begin soon,” it said, “leading to the start of assembly of the first full engine by year-end.”
Pratt & Whitney Canada claims to have improved turnaround times for customers by 20 percent through a number of advances and innovations. For example, its online diagnostic tool enables customers using its PW300 turbofan, PW100 turboprop and PW200 turboshaft engine families to diagnose their engine issues quickly.
Here at the EBACE show, the engine maker is introducing a new product called flight acquisition storage transmission (FAST). This automatically acquires, stores and transmits engine and aircraft flight data for analysis for planned maintenance.
Development is well under way for GE Aviation’s 16,500-pound-thrust GE Passport 20 engine, which is set to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets. The first engine is to begin ground testing in the second quarter of next year.