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.
Auxiliary power unit
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.
Honeywell has appointed CD Aviation Services (CDAS) a TPE331 major level service center. The designation allows the company to provide all maintenance inspections for the TPE331-1 through TPE331-12 models of Honeywell propulsion engines. CDAS also provides line maintenance for TFE731-2 through -5/-20/-40/-50/-60 series engines as well as for GTCP30-92, 36-100/150, RE100 and RE220 auxiliary power units.
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.
Hamilton Sundstrand (Hall 4 Stand F13) has been on the frontline of the ongoing battle to get Boeing’s repeatedly delayed 787 airliner program back on track. It is one of a group of key subsystem suppliers Boeing has entrusted with a pivotal role in the complex supply chain that, at times, has threatened to unravel.
Through mid-September, the Honeywell AS907 engine program had logged more than 3,500 hr of configuration testing and over 8,000 hr of total test time including 600 hr on Honeywell’s Boeing 720 flying test bed and nearly 20 hr during 10 test flights on Bombardier’s Continental business jet.
Microturbo, a subsidiary of Safran Group company Turbomeca, has finalized a partnership with Triumph Gear Systems of Park City, Utah, for the development of a gearbox for its new e-APU line of auxiliary power units, which are being specifically designed for business jets requiring 15 to 90 kWe power (up to 150 shaft horsepower).
Airbus in late February successfully tested an emissions-free fuel cell in flight. The hydrogen- and oxygen-based fuel cell system generated up to 20 kilowatts of electrical power on an A320 test aircraft, and the output was used to power the aircraft’s electric motor pump for the back-up hydraulic circuit that operates the aircraft’s ailerons.
Raytheon Aircraft has awarded Montreal’s Innotech Aviation Gold Bar status for service center excellence for Hawkers and King Airs. The award recognizes superior achievement in four major areas of product support: spares availability, tools and tooling, training and library currency. Innotech achieved an overall rating of 95 percent
in each area.
Honeywell will announce a new APU at the NBAA Convention this month aimed at turboprops, light jets and small helicopters. The company said the RE-50 is the first oilless and gearless APU with an integrated generator on the same shaft, and at 50 pounds it is about one-third the weight of Honeywell’s RE-150.