Safran subsidiary Microturbo’s new e-APU60 auxiliary power unit received FAA certification, the company announced today. It received EASA approval in May last year. The APU, which has already been selected for the AgustaWestland AW189, is designed to “meet the demands of new-generation more-electric aircraft,” according to Microturbo.
Safran subsidiary Microturbo of Toulouse, France, and Houston’s Bristow Group announced at Heli-Expo 2014 signing the first support by the hour (SBH) agreement for Microturbo’s e-APU60. The Microturbo e-APU provides auxiliary power for the AW189 helicopter, which Bristow operates. Under the five-year agreement Turbomeca, Safran’s helicopter engine specialist, will provide integrated support activity for the Microturbo e-APUs installed on 11 search-and-rescue helicopters and six operating in the and oil and gas sector. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Safran Microturbo’s new e-APU60 auxiliary power unit is set to enter service by year-end on AgustaWestland’s new AW189 helicopter. Currently, the company had delivered 10 production APUs to the rotorcraft manufacturer and now it is pursuing other business aircraft applications, including small- and medium-sized jets and other rotorcraft.
Brad Huelsman has joined Dallas Airmotive as a regional engine manager for Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. He will represent all of the company’s engine and APU product lines. Huelsman’s career includes 17 years at Hartzell Propeller as an account manager for OEM technical sales, both domestic and international. Most recently he was at AV Consulting as the principal for business account and aviation technical services working with Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Huelsman is a licensed A&P mechanic.
The AgustaWestland AW189 medium twin helicopter will be the first civil application for Microturbo’s e-APU, an auxiliary power unit that delivers essentially electric power.
Toulouse, France-based Microturbo is here exhibiting a mockup of its e-APU, a new-generation auxiliary power unit that is currently undergoing ground trials. According to company engineers, the first test results are showing “excellent overall dynamic behavior.”
Microturbo is ground testing its e-APU, a new auxiliary power unit designed for new-generation business aircraft that are expected to need more electrical power. The company projects certification and first deliveries in early 2012.
Microturbo (Booth No. 1143) is ground testing its e-APU, a new auxiliary power unit designed for new-generation business aircraft that are expected to need more electrical power. The company projects certification and first deliveries in early 2012.
Microturbo’s new auxiliary power unit, dubbed the e-APU, made its first run on a test bench in Toulouse, France, late in December. According to the Safran subsidiary, initial tests have been successful. With an electric power output of 15 to 90 kWe, the e-APU is targeted at new business aircraft and helicopters. The test program will continue throughout this year, notably to demonstrate a start-up ceiling of 41,000 feet.
Microturbo (Booth No. 4287) is on track to perform a first test run of its so-called e-APU family of auxiliary power units for business jets by the end of the year. The company intends to achieve certification in 2011, having recently reached an agreement with the Triumph group to provide a gear box for the APUs, which are intended to deliver the additional electrical power required by new business aircraft.
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