The Tech 800 core engine demonstrator made its first run last month at Turbomeca’s Bordes, France headquarters, the company announced last week. A high-pressure spool for the 1,100-shp engine class, the Tech 800 is a precursor to the engine manufacturer’s TM800 Arrano. The Arrano turboshaft will power the Eurocopter X4 medium twin, a Dauphin successor planned for 2017.
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During a press conference at last week’s Heli-Expo convention in Las Vegas, Kamov general designer Sergei Mikheyev dropped something of a bombshell when he revealed that the Kamov Design Bureau had produced the initial conceptual design for China’s Changhe (CAIC) Z-10 attack helicopter. Having made its public debut at last year’s Zhuhai airshow, the Z-10 is in the early stages of production and has entered service with at least one Chinese army unit.
Enhanced performance, greater reliability and reduced operator maintenance costs are the primary selling points behind the “Mercury Mod” starter generator upgrade offered by Naasco Northeastern Corporation. In addition to celebrating the 18-year history of the upgrade, Naasco is sharing news about its upcoming “Mercury Mod-Phase Two” variant at Heli-Expo’13 (Booth No. C3924.)
Following seven years of supplying airfoil vanes for Rolls-Royce and its RR250 turboshaft, India’s Kwality Products (Booth No. C3508) is gauging interest in producing whole turbine disks. “We are looking at the reaction at Heli-Expo ’13, and thinking of approaching Rolls-Royce to do the entire assembly,” Kwality Products CEO Anand Uttarkar told AIN. “I think there’s a huge cost benefit to moving production of the entire vane assembly to India.” Uttarkar added that the company has produced approximately 300,000 airfoil vanes for Rolls-Royce’s vendors on the RR250.
StandardAero (Booth No. N5234) won three major awards from engine maker Rolls-Royce at this year’s Heli-Expo: the Rolls-Royce Total Quality Award, the Rolls-Royce Customer Satisfaction Award and the Rolls-Royce M250 Program Investment Award. The awards were presented Monday night at the Rolls-Royce FIRST network recognition reception.
StandardAero’s new Singapore facility won the M250 Program Investment Award. StandardAero has invested more than $3 million in the facility since opening it last August. StandardAero has been servicing the M250 for more than 45 years.
Soloy Aviation Solutions (Booth No. N3230) announced here at Heli-Expo that its efforts to sell Honeywell engine conversion kits for Chinese-registered Eurocopter AS350B2s have gotten the green light from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). CAAC issued a validation STC for the modification approving the replacement of the helicopter’s standard Turbomeca engine with the Honeywell LTS101-700D-2. The approval will allow Olympia, Wash.-based Soloy to proceed with negotiations to sell multiple conversion kits to owners of any Chinese-registered AS350B2.
If you fly helicopters, you count on Timken. The company has been making bearings, helicopter transmission systems, rotorhead assemblies, turbine engine components, gears and other precision flight-critical components for commercial and military helicopter manufacturers for as long as helicopters have been flying, practically. It has only been in the last eight years, however, that Timken (Booth No. N4836) has been able to provide aftermarket services to the aviation market, according to Larry Shiembob, director, aerospace aftermarket.
It’s the little engine that thought it could. And so it did. Fifty years and more than 41,000 engines later, the PT6 from Pratt & Whitney Canada is in use by more than 6,500 operators in 182 countries. Compared with the original PT6, the latest PT6A is four times more powerful, has a 40 percent better power-to-weight ratio and 20 percent better fuel consumption. Did we mention safety? The current in-flight shutdown rate is one event per million flight hours. Heli-Expo visitors can help Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrate the PT6 50th anniversary today at 12:30 p.m.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3718) announced that the time between overhaul (TBO) for PW206 and PW207 engines has been extended to 4,000 hours, from the original 3,500 hours. The TBO extension is applicable to engines incorporating certain service bulletins and to all new PW206 and PW207 engines. Alternatively, an engine upgrade is available to operators wanting to take advantage of the increased TBO interval. “This TBO extension will help operators derive more value from their engines,” said vice president of customer service Raffaele Virgili.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has a number of engines in development for the medium-twin helicopter category. The latest version of the PT6C family, the PT6C-67E, powers the Eurocopter EC175. Meanwhile, the PW210S is about to enter into service on the now-certified Sikorsky S-76D. Two more PW210 variants will power the AgustaWestland AW169 and the Eurocopter X4. Last year, the Longueuil, Quebec-based engine manufacturer (Booth No. N3718) produced more than 850 turboshaft engines.