Honeywell has delivered the first production TPE331-12JR-701S turboprop powerplant to Aero Twin in Anchorage, Alaska, for its “850 Caravan” re-engine modification program. The 850-shp engine, certified last September, will replace the original 675-shp P&WC PT6 on the big Cessna single. Aero Twin expects to receive an STC for the conversion this spring.
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Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., continues to work with Honeywell on an engine upgrade program for the Falcon 50 expected to be completed in the third quarter of next year, several months later than originally planned.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association filed a complaint with the FAA against Rolls-Royce, alleging the engine maker does not provide basic safety information as required by FARs.
Two recent accidents in icing conditions involving Cessna Caravans have prompted the NTSB to issue more recommendations for the high-wing turboprop single.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) opened a distribution center in Amsterdam, eliminating the need for many customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to get parts sent from Canada and, in many cases, allowing them to receive orders in less than 24 hours.
Engine manufacturers are showing renewed interest in the 10,000-pound-thrust segment. They see the aging of the General Electric (GE) CF34-3B, the only engine in production in the class, and at least two companies–Snecma and Pratt & Whitney Canada–are eyeing future large business jets, the size of the Bombardier Challenger 600 series, as potential applications. Meanwhile, GE is modernizing the CF34-1 for the Challenger 601.
International Aero Engines has launched a comprehensive upgrade and aftermarket support service for the V2500 engines powering Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJs). Its ExcelSelect program follows along the lines of the V2500 Select maintenance program available for commercial airlines and is aimed, says IAE, at “providing the customer with reduced and predictable operating costs, improved fuel burn, and offering time-on-wing improvements.”
Airbus A318s powered by CFM International engines were approved by the EASA for 180-minute extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS). FAA validation of 180-minute ETOPS is targeted for the first half of next year. The first A318 with the 180-minute ETOPS capability is a corporate Elite to be delivered to Comlux Aviation of Switzerland.
AIN’s 2006 Product Support Survey should have shown Honeywell’s support of the TFE731 turbofan receiving an overall average rating of 7.02, a 3.24-percent increase of its overall average rating from the 2005 survey, and tied with the overall average rating of P&WC. In the chart on page 52 of the September issue, the 2006 overall average rating was incorrectly given as 6.40.
The 560-pound-thrust DGEN380 turbofan engine recently made its first run in Tarnos, France, start-up company Price Induction announced. So far, the engine’s stability and vibration level are satisfactory, the company said. The 50 hours of the first test segment are being spread over this month.