Gas turbines

May 18, 2011 - 5:26am

GE Aircraft (Stand 358), whose TechX engine Bombardier selected to power its under-development Global 7000 and Global 8000 ultra-long-range business jets, has rebranded the big turbofan as the “Passport.”

May 17, 2011 - 10:50am

Today at EBACE, Honda Aircraft said it has achieved new milestones during flight testing of the first conforming HondaJet (F1), which has reached a maximum speed of 425 ktas, rate of climb of 3,990 fpm and maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet. Powered by two GE Honda HF120 turbofans, the $4.5 million HondaJet is scheduled for entry into service in the third quarter of next year.

May 16, 2011 - 8:21am

The European Union (EU) is trying to attract more small- and medium-size enterprises to participate in its long-running CleanSky joint technology program. With public funds available to back research-and-development work aimed at reducing the environmental impact of air transport, it hopes to spread such support beyond major aerospace firms.

May 15, 2011 - 11:50pm

Business aviation will still be burning fossil fuels in things that are recognizable as turbine engines 30 years from now. That is the prediction of Richard Dussault, Pratt & Whitney Canada’s vice president of marketing for regional airline and helicopter engines, who spoke with AIN recently at its parent company’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida.

February 26, 2011 - 12:15pm

Engine manufacturer Turbomeca is working 50-50 with Avic Engine, its Chinese counterpart, on the WZ16 turboshaft that will power the Avicopter AC352 medium twin, formerly known as the Z-15 (developed jointly with Eurocopter). Avic Engine is in charge of the compressor and accessory gearbox. The France-based company is responsible for the combustor, turbines and control system.

February 16, 2011 - 4:47am

Pratt & Whitney announced today that it has finished initial ground testing on its first PurePower PW1000G series engine, the PW1524G Geared Turbofan for the Bombardier C Series. The engine completed nearly 200 hours of ground testing at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla. facility.

February 9, 2011 - 10:07am

Chromalloy is offering a new thermal barrier coating it claims enhances the performance of gas turbine engines. "The RT-35 Low K coating provides lower thermal conductivity, which allows higher engine temperatures. Engines produce greater thrust when operating at higher temperatures and they can operate on the same amount of fuel as powerplants that operate at lower temperatures," said Dr.

December 29, 2010 - 3:34am

The owner and operator of Shelby Enterprises of Suffern, N.Y. has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in connection with an aircraft parts laundering scheme involving the sale of approximately $3 million in scrapped jet engine parts, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

December 28, 2010 - 10:26am

A new 150,000-sq-ft investment casting facility has been opened in Tampa, Fla., by Chromalloy Castings. According to Tom Trotter, v-p and general manager, it is the only facility in the world that can investment cast aerospace gas turbine blades from the smallest up to and including large, heavy industrial gas turbine blades and vanes other than those made under contract ­for the OEMs.

December 5, 2010 - 10:42pm

Luxembourg-based Aerodynamics, here at the MEBA show (Booth No. E236) for the first time, is offering Powerplan, an independent pay-by-the-hour plan for engine maintenance. The company says it is available for almost every type of engine-turbofans, turboprops and turboshafts, as well as APUs. Powerplan uses the number of engines covered as leverage to get discounts from MRO service providers.

 
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