Williams International of Walled Lake, Mich., expects to receive FAA certification soon for two of its new turbofan engines. U.S. approval is anticipated this quarter for the FJ33, a 1,200-pound-thrust engine that has been selected to power several very light jets still under development, including the Adam A700, Safire Jet, Diamond D-Jet and Aerostar FJ-100.
Aviation Technology Group’s Javelin very light jet (VLJ) prototype flew for the first time last Friday. ATG markets the ejection-seat-equipped, two-place aircraft as a military trainer as well as a business jet. During the 35-minute mission from Centennial Airport, Colo., test pilots flew the prototype to 12,000 feet and 180 knots with its gear down.
Clifford Development, a Toledo, Ohio start-up, has launched a program to re-engine Citation IIs with 3,000-pound-thrust Williams International FJ44-3 engines with fadec. The company has acquired a Citation II as a test aircraft and expects to obtain an STC within 12 months.
Spanish Fort, Utah-based Spectrum Aeronautical also selected the new GE/Honda HF120 turbofan to power a proposed $6.2 million midsize business jet called the S-40 Freedom. The 2,050-pound-thrust engine is slated for certification in 2009. The S-40’s certification and first deliveries are “targeted for” 2010. Spectrum said it chose the Honda engine because it believes that the engine is more efficient than the Williams International FJ44.
At AOPA Expo yesterday Piper announced it had selected a variant of the Williams International FJ44-3A turbofan to power its new PiperJet. The Fadec-equipped FJ44-3AP will have a maximum thrust rating of 3,000 pounds but will be derated to 2,400 pounds for use in the new single-engine very light jet. Piper plans to fly the PiperJet in spring 2008 and start deliveries in 2010.
Jet-Care International (Booth No. 3469), providing laboratory analysis of oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid and debris, has added Pratt & Whitney and Williams International to its Honeywell and General Electric engine trend monitoring program portfolio.
Williams International (Booth No. 5346) is expanding its on-the-wing hot section inspections (check 3) program on installed FJ44-1A engines to other FJ44 engine models.
Piper Aircraft president and CEO Jim Bass yesterday unveiled the company’s next generation aircraft–the single-engine, six-seat PiperJet, an airplane priced at just under $2.2 million that adds another serious player to the market for very light jets.
Launching a new era for the 70-year-old lightplane manufacturer, Piper Aircraft president and CEO Jim Bass last month took the wraps off the design mockup for the single-engine, six-seat PiperJet, an airplane priced at $2.19 million that adds another serious player to the market for very light jets.
A UK-based company called Project 1221 is developing a limited-run, high-end sports car powered by a 1,500-shp variant of the Williams International FJ44 engine. The $816,000 (E675,000) jet-powered car will come in two versions–the three-seat MF1 treposti or two-seat MF1 dueposti. Both models are available in an all-wheel- or rear-wheel-drive configuration, and the steering wheel can be installed on the left- or right-hand side.