In 2008, GE Aviation acquired certain assets of Walter Engines, a Czech Republic-based manufacturer of small turboprop engines and high-precision machined aviation parts with a long history dating back to 1911. Renamed Business and General Aviation (BGA) Turboprops, the company has produced more than 37,000 aircraft engines for more than 85 years. Its most successful commercial engine family is the M601 turboprop engine, which has more than 1,600 engines installed on more than 30 aircraft types. With more than 17 million flight hours, the M601 engine has a proven legacy of performance and reliability in some of the most rugged, severe environments.
BGA Turboprops has integrated GE Aviation's vast technical, commercial and managerial expertise into its business operations and developed a new engine offering, the H80 engine. The H80 engine combines the robust turboprop design of the M601 with GE Aviation's modern 3D aerodynamic design techniques with advanced material to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable turboprop engine with significantly enhanced high altitude and hot-day performance.
As a part of GE Aviation, BGA Turboprops has access to the vast resources of experienced technical, manufacturing, quality, logistics, training, publications, warranty, field service and engine services personnel to support airframe OEM and customer needs. This broad array of engineering & manufacturing resources, global talent pool, customer support, service locations and comprehensive product lines make GE Aviation and BGA Turboprops uniquely capable of delivering engines and engine support services around the world.
BGA Turboprops is an integral part of GE Aviation’s legacy of more than a century of turboprop and turboshaft engine manufacture, which includes more than 16,000 engines currently in service and more than 87 million flight hours to date.
GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation (BGA) Turboprops is a recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of turboprop engines. With more than 1,600 turboprops in service and more than 17 million flight hours to date, BGA Turboprop engines have a proven record of performance and reliability in extreme conditions.