General aviation as a whole was a stain on an otherwise excellent year for aviation safety in Europe, according to 2010 accident figures released today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). For all GA operations including both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters weighing more than 2,250 kg (4,960 pounds) involved in private, business and aerial work activity, the total number of accidents increased from 19 in 2009 to 31 last year.
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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
Price Induction is about to embark on European certification of its DGen 380 general aviation turbofan, the Tarnos, the France-based turbine-engine manufacturer said this week at the Paris Air Show. An example of the engine, claimed to be the smallest such turbofan available, is on exhibit at the airshow, which runs through Sunday.
French turbine-engine manufacturer Price Induction is about to embark on European certification of its DGEN 380 general aviation turbofan. An example of the engine, claimed to be the smallest such powerplant available, is being exhibited on the company’s stand (Hall 3 E30).
With Williams FJ44-3AP certification finalized on May 12, the Nextant Aerospace 400XT is on course for full approval of its remanufactured Beechjet 400A/400XP this month. At press time, FAA officials were scheduled to wrap up their flight tests by the end of last month, and Nextant president James Miller said function and reliability testing is planned to be completed by June 15. This would pave the way for STC approval by June 30.
Business jet operators should take action to preserve their engines if the aircraft is going to sit idle for more than two or three months, according to recommendations from engine makers. Such preventive measures can be as easy as ensuring oil is coating components properly or as complicated as removing and bagging the engines.
GE Aviation announced this week at EBACE that its TechX engine, which Bombardier selected for its Global 7000 and Global 8000, has been rebranded as “Passport.” The first model in what Cincinnati, Ohio-based GE hopes will be a series of turbofans in the 10,000- to 20,000-pound-thrust class will produce up to 16,500 pounds of thrust for the new Global jets.
Turboprop engine specialist Blackhawk of Waco, Texas, is celebrating its 300th engine upgrade at this year’s EBACE. The customer in question is Germany’s Reinhardt Michel, who owns and flies a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne, purchased in 2004.
GE Aircraft (Stand 358), whose TechX engine Bombardier selected to power its under-development Global 7000 and Global 8000 ultra-long-range business jets, has rebranded the big turbofan as the “Passport.”
Honeywell’s new HTF7500E engine has reached a flight-test milestone of 20 flights and more than 140 test hours on the OEM’s B757 flying test bed. The energy-efficient engine will power Embraer’s new Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 series aircraft, and test flights will start on the jets during the second half of 2011.
The in-service fleet of Honeywell’s HTF7000 turbofans powering Bombardier Challenger 300s reached one million flight hours in April. More than 600 engines are operating in the field and Honeywell says dispatch reliability stands at 99.94 to 99.95 percent.