GE Aviation is offering an on-wing engine upgrade program for certain configurations of the CF34-3A2 that will allow the engines to go from a hard-time maintenance interval to an on-condition maintenance schedule. The company says the upgraded engines will have longer time on wing and greatly reduced maintenance costs, with no scheduled hot-section inspections or overhauls.
Manufacturers of airliners typically offer customers a choice of engines for their various models. The new Airbus A350 XWB is not one of them, however. It is powered only by the Rolls-Royce Trent turbofan, and one question often asked is, “Will GE offer an engine to power the Airbus A350 XWB?”
South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, and Lindsey Graham, one of the state’s two U.S. senators, have made the trip to Farnborough to help the South Carolina Department of Commerce (in the U.S. Pavilion, Hall 3 Stand B3) and local economic developers attract more aerospace investment to their sunny, southern state.
GKN Aerospace has surfed into the Farnborough airshow on a wave of more than $1.5 billion worth of development and production contracts signed in recent months. The UK-based group says the new business will take it well “into the next decade and beyond.”
China’s Comac has chosen the joint venture between GE Aviation Systems and Avic Systems to provide the avionics core processing system, display system and on-board maintenance system for its new C919 airliner. The Avic-GE team also will support Comac’s integrating the open-architecture avionics suite for the narrowbody.
GE Aircraft Engines plans to build 100 GEnx engines this year and double that number next year, as the company accelerates production to meet a demand for 700 units from now through 2013. Now flying engines on the Boeing 747-8 and the 787 Dreamliner, GE–as of June 1–had built 28 GEnx-2Bs for the Boeing 747-8 and some 20 for the GEnx-1Bs for the 787.
GE Aviation delivered the 5,000th CF34 turbofan engine. According to the engine manufacturer, the CF34 has achieved a dispatch reliability rate of 99.95 percent over more than 50 million flight hours. The next-generation CF34, which will include GE’s eCore technologies, is in development and could enter service by 2015.
The June 16 first flight of the fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner (ZA005) also marked the first time a pair of GE Aircraft Engines' GEnx-1B turbofans powered an airplane to altitude on their own. Captains Mike Bryan and Mike Carriker flew the airplane for three hours and 48 minutes, and reported no anomalies.
It seems Boeing hasn’t convinced everyone of the value of its standard engine interface feature on the 787 Dreamliner, which the company says allows quick and cost-effective changeability between the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000s and GE GEnx-1B turbofans chosen to power the airplane.
The U.S. House of Representatives on May 28 voted to retain funding for the F136 engine General Electric and Rolls-Royce are developing for the F-35 as an alternative to the Pratt & Whitney F135. The FY11 Defense Authorization Bill contains $485 million for continuation of the engine, which is around 70 percent through its development program.