In January, Pratt & Whitney achieved a major milestone in its campaign to become a certified supplier of spares for CFM International’s CFM56-3 turbofans when it ran the first engine test containing parts it had re-engineered and manufactured. The event marked one of the final steps toward certification and delivery of the first P&W-manufactured CFM56-3 parts to the ground-breaking service’s launch customer, United Airlines.
Precision components and assemblies manufacturer Doncasters (Hall 2B Stand L11c) is reaping the rewards of several years’ hard work as it delivers engine-ready parts to OEMs and third-tier suppliers.
Honeywell has delivered the first batch of 32 TFE731-50R engines destined for Hawker’s new 900XP midsize business jet. This latest version of the engine, derived from the TFE731-50 powering the Dassault Falcon 900DX, continues a series that began with certification of the first TFE731 in 1972. Since then more than 11,000 TFE731 engines have been built.
Early adopters who plunked down $100,000 for a position on the Cirrus jet assembly line got to participate in a clever Cirrus marketing campaign that is drip-feeding tantalizing details about the jet.
The first prototype G160 Ranger, Grob-Werke’s second turboprop single, flew for the first time on March 29 from the company’s facility in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, about 60 miles from Munich.The seven-seat, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A-powered G160 is an expansion of the four-seat G140TP, which first flew in December 2002 and is expected to obtain certification late this year.
Certification by the Czech civil aviation authorities of the Ae270 turboprop single has slipped once again, from the second quarter of this year to late August, with FAA certification now anticipated for late September or October (from June), according to Jeff Conrad, v-p of marketing. Expected to join ship number five in the flight-test program soon is aircraft number seven.
Honeywell has delivered the first production TPE331-12JR-701S turboprop powerplant to Aero Twin in Anchorage, Alaska, for its “850 Caravan” re-engine modification program. The 850-shp engine, certified last September, will replace the original 675-shp P&WC PT6 on the big Cessna single. Aero Twin expects to receive an STC for the conversion this spring.
ATG’s Javelin, a sporty contender in the VLJ market with its two engines and military-looking canted vertical stabilizers, will need the FAA to grant special conditions to achieve certification. The FAA is proposing special conditions that would become part of the Javelin’s type certification basis, due to the location of the airplane’s engines.
Most people know the Antonov An-140 as a Ukrainian airplane, developed and produced by the Kharkov State Aircraft Manufacturing Co. (KSAMC). But this 52-seat twin turboprop regional airliner has assumed a distinct international character since its inception, attracting several foreign partners and customers–including a strong Iranian connection.
Avcon Industries, a subsidiary of Butler National, has received FAA group approval for its next-generation RVSM solution in Learjet 35/36s equipped with the FC-200 autopilot. According to the company, the Avcon RVSM solution now covers the Learjet 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 35 and 36 and allows interface with the most advanced glass-cockpit display systems.