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Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PW535E turbofan engine for the Embraer Phenom 300 has reached its full takeoff thrust of 3,360 pounds at the company’s Longueuil, Quebec test facility. Embraer chose the PW535E turbofan in May 2005 to power the Phenom 300.
In a study titled “The Market for General Aviation/Utility Aircraft 2007-2016,” Forecast International said it anticipates a decline in corporate demand for twin turboprops in favor of the fractional ownership of turbofan-powered aircraft. Further, it expects this trend to accelerate as more sub-$4 million very light jets are delivered.
Spectrum Aeronautical will unveil a conceptual mockup of the stand-up cabin S-40 interior at its booth tomorrow at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the start-up aircraft manufacturer continues to develop its all-composite S-40 medium and S-33 light jets at its recently expanded Spanish Fork, Utah facility. Spectrum remains on track to certify the S-40 Freedom by 2010 and the S-33 Independence thereafter.
MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg’s exhibit here (Booth No. 8625) is designed around touting its expertise in supporting General Electric CF34 engines that power business jets such as Bombardier’s Challenger 601, 604 and 605.
When NBAA Convention News spoke with Alain Bellemare, Pratt & Whitney Canada president, and John Saabas, senior v-p, earlier this month, Bellemare reported strong orders and prospects across the entire P&WC product line, from the PT6 turboprop and turboshaft through in-production turbofans to the emerging 10,000-pound-thrust family and even power for an exotic suborbital commercial space flight program.
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Jean-Pierre Cojean, Snecma executive vice president of commercial engines and head of the Silvercrest engine program, said the engine-maker was disappointed, but not devastated, at not having clinched the contract to supply the engine for Dassault’s new Falcon super-midsize business jet to be launched in the next few months.
Despite having lost out to Rolls-Royce in the competition to power Dassault’s still-under-wraps super-midsize Falcon, Snecma is moving ahead with development its Silvercrest engine for business jets. The French manufacturer (Booth No. 824) is here exhibiting a full-size mockup of the 10,000-pound-thrust-class turbofan.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s two-hour M&O session this afternoon will focus on the PW300 turbofan engine series and include an in-depth customer service update. The briefing will begin at 1 p.m. in Room B306 with an in-service update of the PW305, PW306 and PW308 engine models along with the newest PW300 family member, the PW307A for the Dassault Falcon 7X.