General Electric has named West Star Aviation’s East Alton, Ill., facility a member of the GE authorized service center network. The West Star facility is capable of servicing and supporting the GE CF34 engine, including related parts and products. The CF34 powers Bombardier’s Challenger jets. West Star’s Grand Junction, Colo., base has been a GE authorized facility for more than six years. West Star East Alton added nine employees recently to expand its Bombardier service program.
One program that GE Aviation expects will migrate from its commercial powerplant side to its business aircraft engine division is its myEngines offering. A series of digital smartphone applications aimed at helping operators better manage their engine fleets and improve productivity, the program was started in 2010 for commercial customers. Its engine monitoring function can send alerts from aircraft in flight, notifying maintenance departments of potential problems.
Smyrna Air Center has begun a flight test/data recording program with the new GE H80, 800-shp engine on the King Air 90 series. The engine is the next step up in performance for the Power90 Conversion.
Challenger, Global 7000 and Global 8000 operators now have two new engine service options. GE Aviation is offering its OnPoint engine maintenance coverage to Challengers equipped with GE CF34 engines.
GE Aviation has broken ground on a jet-engine components factory in Auburn, Ala. The 300,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft and will support the fleet of GE engines already in service.
Chromalloy has named Carlo Luzzatto as its new president. Luzzatto’s background is in the energy industry, where he was most recently the co-general manager of Ansaldo Energia, a division of the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica, a provider of power plant equipment and power generation services.
Smyrna Air Center has begun flight testing its Power90 Conversion for the King Air 90 with the 800-shp GE H80 engines. The H80s are expected to deliver enhanced performance and are capable of full power up to 107 degrees F at sea level. Performance will be measured up to the aircraft’s 30,000-ft ceiling.
GE Aviation has been awarded two contracts from Gulfstream Aerospace to provide Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology for the Gulfstream G650 business jet.
GE is here with three major programs at various stages of development. The Passport 20, for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000 large-cabin business jets, has already passed some rig tests. The GE Honda HF120, for the HondaJet and the (currently suspended) Spectrum Freedom, is scheduled for certification in 2012. Meanwhile, the HF80 turboprop is due for certification later this year.
ST Aerospace has become a TruEngine service provider and claims to be the first independent MRO shop to earn that distinction. It joins GE Aviation Services and Snecma, which have a 50-50 stake in CFM International. The TruEngine program, launched in 2008, was developed in response to a growing industry need to better understand the maintenance history of engines as they come up for resale.