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.
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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.
Honeywell (Stand 7044) has completed certification of its HTF7250G engine, which powers the in-development supermidsize Gulfstream G250, and is progressing with the development of the HTF7500E for the midlight/midsize Embraer Legacy 450/500. The U.S.-based manufacturer is also working on upgrades for the HTF7000, in service on the supermidsize Bombardier Challenger 300.
Business aviation will still be burning fossil fuels in things that are recognizable as turbine engines 30 years from now. That is the prediction of Richard Dussault, Pratt & Whitney Canada’s vice president of marketing for regional airline and helicopter engines, who spoke with AIN recently at its parent company’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida.
Ask experienced aircraft owners and pilots what good product support means to them and they will likely tell you it is extremely important to every safe flight and every successful flight operation.
Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system received FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval on April 21. This sets the stage for STC approval on the avionics manufacturer’s Challenger 601 testbed and certification on the Bombardier Global Express XRS.
The 7,445-pound-thrust Honeywell HTF7250G turbofan gained FAA certification last month, a company official told AIN. Honeywell Aerospace is now supporting the G250’s flight tests. Next will be the beginning of the actual production phase–the Gulfstream’s HTF7250G test engines were already built according to production processes, Honeywell said.
The first production-conforming Nextant Aerospace 400XT will make its public debut next month at EBACE in Geneva. The 400XT–a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a zero-timed airframe complete with new paint and interior–has better fuel specifics and a greater 2,005-nm range than a base airplane. Winglets will be offered as an option in the near future.