Pratt & Whitney and General Electric have bought their high-stakes battle over the provision of an alternative engine for the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Farnborough.
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 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.
GE Aviation received an award from the FAA as part of the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (Cleen) program–a joint government-industry initiative to accelerate the development and maturation of aircraft and engine technologies that cut noise, emissions and fuel burn. Under the program, GE and the FAA will share an investment of up to $66 million over a five-year period.
GE Aviation has named Cascade Aircraft Conversions an authorized service center (ASC) for its M601 and H80 engines. “With three recently announced authorized service center agreements, GE Aviation has greatly expanded its service offerings in North America,” Tom Hoferer, operations leader for GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops, told AIN.
GE Aviation plans to create an Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research & Development Center near Dayton, Ohio, to research more-electric aircraft systems. The center, which will also explore other non-aviation uses of more-electric technology, is expected to open in 2012.
The first GE H80 turboprop engine recently began testing in a test cell at the GE Aviation Czech facility in Prague. According to GE, the 800-shp engine has met or exceeded all power ratings in multiple runs. A hot-section demo engine has also accumulated more than 4,500 cycles of “flawless performance,” GE said. EASA certification is expected mid-year.
GE Canada has announced that its GE Aviation business is planning to invest $63.5 million over the next six years to diversify its product line at the GE Aviation manufacturing plant in Bromont, Québec. The company is also receiving financial assistance of up to $13.3 million from the Strategic Support for Investment managed by Investissement Québec.
GE Aviation plans to spend $63.5 million over the next six years to diversify its product line at its manufacturing plant in Bromont, Quebec, GE Canada announced today.
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Clement Gignac, minister of economic development, innovation and export trade, announced financial assistance of up to $13.3 million from the Strategic Support for Investment (PASI), managed by Investissement Québec.
GE Aviation’s engine business has historically focused on military and airline applications, according to Shawn O’Day, manager of business aviation market- ing for the company. However, there were spin-offs from those areas that were applicable to business aviation and recently the company has intensified its interest in business aircraft by creating the Business & General Aviation (BGA) division, in February 2008.