Development is well under way for GE Aviation’s 16,500-pound-thrust GE Passport 20 engine, which is set to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets. The first engine is to begin ground testing in the second quarter of next year.
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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
GE Aviation (Stand 1143) is here promoting its 800-hp H80 turboprop engine, which was certificated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Adminstration in March and already has several applications. Meanwhile, the HF120 turbofan program–for the HondaJet–has progressed slowly.
Engine maker Rolls-Royce (Stand 348) plans to increase its global network of authorized service centers for corporate aircraft engines and strengthen its relationship with existing centers. The company is expected to announce the appointment of additional service centers here at EBACE this week.
Williams International announced on Tuesday that its FJ44-3AP turbofan has gained EASA type approval. The 3,502-pound-thrust engine, which received FAA certification last May, powers the Nextant 400XT. Compared with the FJ44-3, the -3AP has 8 percent more takeoff thrust and 13 percent more cruise thrust, while weight was reduced 3 percent and cruise specific fuel consumption improved by 1.5 percent.
Rolls-Royce has named Metrojet, the Hong Kong-based business jet operator and maintenance provider, as the first authorized service center for its BR710 series engine in Asia. The engine powers Gulfstream V/500/550 and Bombardier Global Express series aircraft.
The GE Aviation H80 turboprop engine received FAA certification yesterday, some three months after obtaining EASA approval. According to GE, the H80 is a more powerful and fuel-efficient variant of the former Walter M601 engine. It also fields a 3,600-hour time between overhaul and no hot-section inspections. The first aircraft to enter service with the H80 engine will be the Thrush 510G agricultural airplane.
Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation company that officially opened its Singapore Regional Turbine Center (RTC) at Seletar Airport on Monday, expects business to come from some 650 jets in Asia including a mix of pre-owned jets and an ever-increasing new general aviation planes being purchased by China and emerging economies. There are many opportunities for growth in Asia, said BBA Aviation president Hugh McElroy, and Singapore’s business climate makes it the right place from which to achieve this growth.
Embraer is at the show with five aircraft–a record number for the Brazilian manufacturer’s presence here at the Singapore Airshow. On the static display are the E190 narrowbody airliner (in the 100-seat category), the Lineage 1000 large-cabin business jet (derived from the E190) and the Legacy 650 super-midsize business jet, as well as the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 light jets (four and six seats, respectively).
Dallas Airmotive’s regional turbine center at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park celebrated its official opening with a ceremony on Monday led by general manager Francis Lee. The center will offer authorized Honeywell services for auxiliary power units (APUs) and business aviation engines, and respond to aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situations.
GE Aviation, while it may still be associated largely with commercial and military powerplants, has been focusing its gaze on the business aviation market over the past several years.
Shawn O’Day, head of the company’s business and general aviation marketing, told AIN that although business aviation has historically been a segment of opportunity for GE, it is an area where the engine and systems maker sees potential. In fact, the company signaled its intention to expand its business and general aviation footprint at last year’s Paris Air Show.