Today at NBAA 2013, aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace revealed its next project–a King Air C90 outfitted with GE H80 turboprop engines, Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, zero-timed components, winglets, strakes and new paint and interior. Initial deliveries of the G90XT, a $2 million to $3 million like-new turboprop twin with single-lever power controls, will start later next year.
Dynamic Precision Group has signed an agreement to acquire eight aerospace component fabrication and machining facilities located at three sites in the U.S., Canada and the UK. The Stuart, Fla.-based company is an independent manufacturer of complex components, specializing in the hot section of turbine engines used in commercial and military aircraft and in industrial applications. All three facilities design, manufacture and integrate components and systems for aircraft engines and airframes from Unison Engine Components, a subsidiary of GE Aviation.
GE Aviation started testing its new fourth-generation composite fan blades for the new GE9X turbofan, the company announced last week. Chosen to power the new Boeing 777X, the 100,000-pound-thrust-class engine promises a 10-percent fuel burn improvement over the GE90-115B–the engine that powers the Boeing 777-300ER.
GE Aviation named Comlux an authorized service center for GE’s CF34-3 engines, which power the large-cabin Bombardier Challengers. Under the terms of the agreement, Comlux can perform line maintenance inspections and routine installed engine maintenance, including removal and replacement of engines and engine components.
GE has completed its acquisition of Turin, Italy-based Avio’s aviation components and systems business for $3.4 billion. Renamed Avio Aero, the new division furthers GE’s participation and expertise in the areas of mechanical transmission systems, low-pressure turbines, combustion technology and automation systems. Avio Aero has content on several GE engines, ranging from the CT7/T700 turboshaft series for helicopters to the GE90 and GEnx turbofan engines for airliners.
On July 30, GE Aviation and China Aviation Industry General Aviation (Caiga) signed an agreement at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the first network of service centers for the H80 turboprop series in China. The agreement covers the H75, H80 and H85 engines and components. Signing the agreement were Yang Zhong, general manager for Caiga’s sales, marketing and customer service department, and Jim Stoker, president and managing executive for GE Aviation Czech, which manufactures the company’s H80 family.
In its continued partnership with GE, StandardAero signed two license agreements to become an independent TruEngine authorized maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider for CF34 and CFM56 engines. According to StandardAero, it will be the first independent TruEngine-authorized MRO provider for CF34s and the second for CFM56s. Under this new status, CFM56 or CF34 engines overhauled by Standard Aero are eligible for TruEngine status, allowing the engine serial numbers to be included in a database made available to industry appraisers and potential buyers.
GE’s 2,000-shp CT7-2E1, the powerplant for the twin-engine AgustaWestland AW189, received FAA certification last week. The CT7-2E1 is the latest civil-certified addition to the CT7/T700 line, with Fadec and what GE describes as a state-of-the-art hot section for power and reliability. The first production-certified CT7-2E1s will be delivered to AgustaWestland this month, GE said.
GE Aviation has started building components and is “on track” with its GE9X engine development to meet Boeing’s objective of improving fuel burn by 10 percent on the new 777X widebody.
GE Aviation, best known for its civil and military jet engines and integrated aircraft systems, plans to establish itself as a Tier 1 aerostructures supplier by the second half of the next decade. Ultimately, the company has a long-term vision to develop integrated propulsion systems (IPS) for future single-aisle airliners and regional aircraft, bringing together GE Aviation’s aerostructures capabilities in advanced wing and flying-control surface design with its turboprop engine and propeller activities in other divisions.