UK aerostructures and equipment group GKN Aerospace has been contracted by Snecma to provide low-pressure turbine (LPT) cases for the Silvercrest SC-2C engine for the Cessna Citation Longitude business jet. Under a long-term agreement valued at £10 million ($15.7 million), production of LPT cases by GKN Aerospace-Norway for delivery to Snecma’s Villaroche facility will accelerate as the engine is prepared for the Longitude’s scheduled entry into service in 2017.
GKN Aerospace is set to create a $1.4 billion engine components business when it completes its acquisition of Volvo Aero, announced last week. The UK-based group is to pay approximately $981 million for Volvo Aero, which already supplies components for all major aircraft engine manufacturers.
Volvo Aero has launched the Volvo Life Tracking System for “accurately calculating usage of critical engine components.” The product is designed primarily for Volvo Aero’s RM12 engine, which powers the Saab Gripen multi-role fighter.
Volvo Aero and Lufthansa Technik will jointly develop new repair methods for structural parts of large commercial aircraft engines. The two companies will also cooperate in the appropriate certification processes, the repair services and the marketing and sales activities for the business.
Volvo Aero has been working on a new generation of lightweight engine fan frames, and is exhibiting a demonstrator on its stand (Hall 2A Stand B114). The fan frame is the largest the company has produced, and is constructed from composites and titanium. The fan frame is a complex part of the engine in terms of loads, especially as it incorporates the lugs that attach the engine to the airframe.
Brazil’s Embraer and Boca Raton, Florida-based Volvo Aero Services have entered a four-year partnership that makes Volvo Aero an official distribution center for Embaer aircraft parts. Included in the initial agreement are about 4,000 part numbers for the EMB 110 Bandeirante, EMB 120 Brasilia and ERJ 145 jet family.
The environment is everything these days for engine manufacturers and suppliers, as initiatives such as the recently launched European Commission Clean Sky program drive ever more advanced ideas on reducing emissions and noise.
Honeywell TFE731 maintenance shops at Harrods Aviation in Farnborough, UK, and Sweden’s Volvo Aero have signed a service agreement combining their offerings. The result is a one-stop, heavy maintenance and overhaul team fully supporting the popular turbofan. Honeywell has designated Harrods’ engine shop a major service center, while Volvo Aero has offered heavy maintenance on the TFE731 Classic, -20, -40 and -60 variants.
Volvo Aero has delivered a number of post-certification enhancements to the RM12 twin turboshaft engine that powers the Saab Gripen. Some of these have been adopted by General Electric, whose F404 was adapted by Volvo for the single-engine Swedish fighter. The company said further improvements are possible, although its main emphasis is on developing lighter weight components for commercial airliner powerplants.