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News and issues relating to business aircraft turbine engines.
One program that GE Aviation expects will migrate from its commercial powerplant side to its business aircraft engine division is its myEngines offering. A series of digital smartphone applications aimed at helping operators better manage their engine fleets and improve productivity, the program was started in 2010 for commercial customers. Its engine monitoring function can send alerts from aircraft in flight, notifying maintenance departments of potential problems.
EASA certified the Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 turboshaft that powers the Kamov Ka-226T light twin, Kamov parent company Russian Helicopters announced this week. The Ka-226T is a coaxial-rotor helicopter that features a service ceiling of 24,000 feet, according to the manufacturer. It seats eight, including the pilot, and has an mtow of 7,900 pounds.
Pratt & Whitney Canada provided an update yesterday at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, addressing several programs and projects in development.
Pratt & Whitney Canada provided an update at a media breakfast today at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, addressing several programs and projects in development, giving reporters a glimpse of P&WC news of tomorrow.
Engine MRO specialist Precision Turbines (Booth No. C12944) recently won several contract renewals as a result of its support of customers’ maintenance operations and reliable performance of aircraft in the field.
Smyrna Air Center has begun flight testing its Power90 Conversion for the King Air 90 with the 800-shp GE H80 engines. The H80s are expected to deliver enhanced performance and are capable of full power up to 107 degrees F at sea level. Performance will be measured up to the aircraft’s 30,000-ft ceiling.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has formed a joint venture with China Aviation Engine Holdings, which will operate in Zhuzhou in China’s Hunan province.
Aerostructures specialist GKN (Booth No. C7127) is looking to leverage its expertise in commercial airliner technology to break further ground in the business aviation world. The UK-based group is promising breakthroughs that could shave hundreds of valuable pounds off aircraft structural and system weights.
Another player has joined those offering engine upgrades on the Cessna Caravan. Earlier this summer, Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No.