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.
Some of India’s leading MROs have joined forces to promote the nation’s growing aerospace MRO sector. They include Air Works India, Max Aerospace, GE Aviation, SR Technic, Horizon Aircraft Maintenance, United Heli charters, Reliance Airports, Kingfisher Airlines and the Rotor Wing Society of India.
GE Aviation has launched its GEnx TruEngine program on the GEnx-1B engine and granted TruEngine designation to Air India’s GEnx-1B engine fleet. Air India has ordered GEnx-1B engines for its 27 Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
GE Aviation Systems has been quietly making the most of the downturn to plan an assault on aerospace markets dominated by other companies.
Tam Aviação Executiva has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an authorized service center for M601 and H80 turboprop engines. The MRO will offer line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and line-replaceable units and engine spares. GE Aviation will provide Tam AE with material support and training. A spokesman for GE told AIN that Tam AE is a new industry partner.
The Pentagon issued a “stop work” order for the GE Aviation F136 engine in late March, and the Fiscal Year 2011 U.S. defense budget was finally signed into law last month, without funding for the alternative F-35 engine. But the fight for the F136 is not yet over.
Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and GE have collaborated on a facility to train technicians on GE engines, including the GE90, CF6, CF34 and GEnx. QSTP is located in Qatar Foundation’s Education City, which was developed as a campus to bring together research and business. According to a GE spokeswoman it is the first GE facility of its kind outside North America.
GE Aviation has signed an agreement with Solo Aviation naming the MRO an authorized service center for the M601 and H80. It allows Solo Aviation to offer line maintenance, removal and re-installation of engines and LRUs and engine spares for the M601 and H80. Under the terms of the agreement GE Aviation will provide Solo Aviation with material support and training.
A $50 million aircraft engine research and technology center–a joint project between GE Canada and StandardAero–is being built in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on property leased from the Winnipeg Airports Authority. The project is expected to employ 10 people initially, with the potential to grow to 50 employees within five years.