Turbine Conversions, Ltd has completed the first installation of a GE H75 turboprop engine coupled to an Avia V508E-AG/106/A propeller on a Thrush S2R-T11. The first test flight occurred on December 2, 2016. Turbine Conversions plans to amend their existing Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) to add the GE H Series engines on Thrush, Ag Cat, Fat Cat, and Air Tractor 400/500. FAA approval is anticipated in the first half of 2017.
GE Aviation’s Electronic Engine and Propeller Control (EEPC) system for its H Series turboprop engine has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). GE’s EEPC is the business and general aviation industry’s first turboprop offering to combine engine and propeller operations into a single system.
GE Aviation is offering a $25,000 discount on the next 15 H80 engines purchased for Thrush Aircraft, Inc.’s 510G aircraft. This limited-time offer makes it the best time ever for prospective customers to put a new 510G in their hangar. The savings are significant but offer is limited so interested buyers are encouraged to act quickly.
GE Aviation and Thrush Aircraft will collaborate with the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) to establish a flight training scholarship program for aspiring agricultural pilots. The scholarship program, entitled “Ag Wings of Tomorrow,” will establish three new $5,000 scholarships that can be used by pilots to cover Ag-specific flight training costs. The Ag Wings of Tomorrow scholarship will be awarded annually.
Cascade Aircraft Conversions has signed a contract to purchase GE's H Series turboprop engines for its conversion supplemental type certificates (STCs) on Thrush and Air Tractor 300, 400 and 500 series agricultural aircraft.
Prime Turbines is on track to provide full overhaul capability for GE H Series and M601 turboprop engines in the United States, Canada and South America. To facilitate post-overhaul engine test, GE Aviation and Prime Turbines collaborated to commission a revitalized test cell at GE’s nearby facility at Carter Field. The test cell is now fully operational and exceeding expectations.
GE Aviation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Orbis Avia to power the all-new Orbis Avia SM92TE Praga Alfa utility aircraft with GE`s H Series turboprop engine with maximum take-off power of 750 shaft horsepower (SHP)
GE Aviation and Nextant Aerospace successfully completed first flight of the business and general aviation industry’s first-ever Electronic Engine and Propeller Control (EEPC) system via the H75-powered Nextant G90XT.
General Electric completed testing a 35%-additive manufactured demonstrator engine designed to validate additive parts in its clean-sheet-design Advanced Turboprop (ATP), which will power the all-new Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop aircraft. Additive components reduce the ATP’s weight by 5% while contributing a 1% improvement in specific fuel consumption (SFC).
General Electric and Czech Republic government officials today signed an investment agreement to build GE’s new turboprop headquarters in the Czech Republic.