Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has started running the PW617F engine. This is the latest member of its 900- to 1,300-pound-thrust PW600 family and is set to power Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet. The new turbofan was run for the first time on June 29, P&WC president Alain Bellemare told Aviation International News exclusively on the eve of the Farnborough show, saying that the engine was “going well”.
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The CFM56-5B turbofan, an option on the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and A318 Elite ultra-large business jets, is now certified in an improved version. The so-called Tech Insertion upgrade takes advantage of the Snecma-General Electric Tech56 technology acquisition program. It is claimed to yield longer time on wing thanks to an additional 15- to 20-degree C margin in exhaust gas temperature limitations.
Spanish Fort, Utah-based Spectrum Aeronautical also selected the new GE/Honda HF120 turbofan to power a proposed $6.2 million midsize business jet called the S-40 Freedom. The 2,050-pound-thrust engine is slated for certification in 2009. The S-40’s certification and first deliveries are “targeted for” 2010. Spectrum said it chose the Honda engine because it believes that the engine is more efficient than the Williams International FJ44.
After announcing the launch of its Global Material Solutions (GMS) division in February, engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been busy making and testing parts for the CFM56-3 engine of its rivals General Electric and Snecma. Pratt & Whitney’s service division already overhauls and repairs CFM56 engines for airline customers and the company created GMS so that it could also offer lower-cost new parts to CFM56 operators.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., continues to work with Honeywell on an engine upgrade program for the Falcon 50. Now that a launch customer–Samaritan’s Purse of Boone, N.C.–has been secured, an STC is expected to be completed by year-end.
Safran (Hall 4 Stand B12), the offspring of last year’s somewhat surprising merger of French engine giant Snecma and communications group Sagem, claims to have found its feet quickly and to be having a boom year. Sales in 2005 showed increases for all business areas of the new group, except communications.
The geared turbofan (GTF) is Pratt & Whitney’s “game changing” stake in the future of propulsion for the coming new generation of single-aisle aircraft that will eventually replace the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
Recently appointed Pratt & Whitney president Steve Finger is in no doubt about his company’s position in the global marketplace. “The Eagle is everywhere,” he said. “We’re the only engine manufacturer with a complete portfolio spanning civil, military, business and rocket engines along with maintenance, repair and overhaul.” The Eagle refers to the defining symbol of the U.S.’s oldest turbine aircraft engines manufacturer.
The new Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D successfully completed its first run on Tuesday, the engine maker announced. Walter Di Bartolomeo, P&WC v-p of engineering, said the run at the company’s Montreal area test facility “represents an important milestone in this development program. The engine ran exceptionally well and met all of our performance expectations.”
Citation modification specialist Sierra Industries last week received an STC for its Stallion conversion, a Citation 500/501 powered by Williams FJ44-2A turbofans in place of the twinjet's original P&WC JT15Ds.