Development is well under way for GE Aviation’s 16,500-pound-thrust GE Passport 20 engine, which is set to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets. The first engine is to begin ground testing in the second quarter of next year.
Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Co., announced recent certification milestones for the company’s HondaJet yesterday at EBACE, while unveiling new enhancements for the VLJ’s avionics and cabin management system (CMS).
Aircraft Service International Group (Asig) has signed an exclusive agreement to become GE Aviation’s third-party service provider for ClearCore engine wash systems for commercial and military engines in the U.S. GE Aviation will provide its mobile ClearCore engine wash units to Asig in support of Asig’s service provider agreements with various U.S. airports. The launch of the service will focus on airports in California and Florida then expand to airports in other major U.S. cities.
GE Aviation has signed a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement with SkyWest Airlines to support the 150 CF34-8C5B1 engines that power the airline’s Bombardier CRJ700s. The agreement is valued at more than $360 million over the life of the contract.
According to a GE spokeswoman, OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. “These agreements are designed to help lower the customers’ cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets,” she said.
Evergreen Aviation Technologies has awarded GA Telesis a supply chain agreement for the support of its CF6-80C2 engine components. Under the agreement GA Telesis will be a preferred supplier for Evergreen’s maintenance operations. The company supports Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Douglas and Embraer platforms plus CFM International, General Electric, Honeywell, International Aero Engine, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce engines and replacement components.
GE Aviation has named Aero-Dienst an authorized service center for the CF34-3, which powers some models in the Bombardier Challenger 600 series. As an authorized service center Aero-Dienst can perform line and engine maintenance, provide warranty support and offer access to both GE parts and technical support. Located in Nuremburg, Germany, the company offers business aviation aircraft maintenance, operations, sales and management.
The GE Aviation H80 turboprop engine received FAA certification yesterday, some three months after obtaining EASA approval. According to GE, the H80 is a more powerful and fuel-efficient variant of the former Walter M601 engine. It also fields a 3,600-hour time between overhaul and no hot-section inspections. The first aircraft to enter service with the H80 engine will be the Thrush 510G agricultural airplane.
GE Aviation and France-based Aeromecanic have signed an agreement for Aeromecanic to become an authorized service center (ASC) for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines. The ASC designation allows the MRO to offer comprehensive line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and LRU, on-wing heavy repairs and manage a pool of spare/rental engines for the Western Europe and North Africa region. GE Aviation will provide Aeromecanic with material support and training.
GE Aviation is to expand its manufacturing and R&D capacity in the U.S. with three new facilities to open by 2013, the company announced Tuesday. It expects its production rates to grow from 3,000 commercial and military engine deliveries in 2011 to 3,400 deliveries in 2012 and 3,800 deliveries in 2013, requiring $580 million in plant, equipment and tooling during the 2011-2012 time frame across its network of 55 U.S. operations.
Construction of GE’s latest engine test cell was recently completed at James A. Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The massive structure will specialize in testing the capability of turbine engines to keep running when flying through icy clouds, and will also be used for performance and endurance, bird ingestion-, ice crystal- and mixed-phase testing on a variety of engines.