Type certification request submitted to EASA for GE’s first aerobatic turboprop engine
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.
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.
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.
Wingglider Ltd., Europe’s largest skydiving company, selected GE Aviation’s H75 turboprop to retrofit its M601-D2-powered Dornier Do 28 fleet utilized for parachuting and skydiving excursions in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.
GE Aviation completed flight testing the industry’s first Electronic Engine Propeller Control (EEPC) system with full auto-start capability on its H Series turboprop engine via a KingAir C90 conversion aircraft developed by Nextant Aerospace.
GE Aviation completed its first advanced turboprop (ATP) combustor tests at its U.S. headquarters in Cincinnati to support development of Textron Aviation Inc.’s new single-engine turboprop (SETP) aircraft, launched in November, 2015.
Blackshape selected GE Aviation to develop a modified version of the H Series turboprop engine to power its new aircraft development. Details on the aircraft will be released in the coming months.
Turbine Air Corporation selected GE Aviation’s H75 turboprop engine to power its new Turbine Venom aircraft.
Prague, Czech Republic – – GE Aviation announced plans to build its new turboprop development, test and engine production headquarters in the Czech Republic, creating more than 500 new jobs. The headquarters – officially called the GE Turboprop Center of Excellence (CoE) – highlights GE’s continuous investment across Europe supporting GE’s turboprop development and production plans. The facility is expected to open in 2020 to manufacture GE’s advanced turboprop engine (ATP) powering Textron Aviation Inc.’s new single-engine turboprop (SETP) aircraft, launched in November, 2015. While the CoE is constructed, ATP design and test will occur in GE’s existing facilities currently supporting advanced turboprop development.
GE Aviation and Turbine Conversions, Ltd have signed an agreement for delivery of GE H75 & H80 turboprop engines to support aircraft Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) conversions of agricultural aircraft.
GE Aviation will extend the time between overhaul (TBO) for new production and in-service H Series turboprop engines to 4000 hours for Agriculture, Utility and Business Aviation Aircraft.
Thrush Aircraft, Inc., and GE Aviation announced plans to develop a new H85-powered version of the current Thrush 510G. The H85 engine upgrade will feature more power and a new electronic engine control (EEC) system designed to reduce pilot workload with a single-lever control for both engine and propeller operation.
A new version of Aircraft Industries’ L410 turboprop aircraft rolled out of its Czech Republic factory on July 15, sporting GE’s H85 engine. The Czech aircraft producer plans to begin L410NG production in 2017, following first flight of the aircraft later this year.
Aircraft Industries’ L410 UVP-E20 aircraft powered by GE’s H Series engine received Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
June 24, 2015 – GE Aviation will sponsor demonstration flights of H80-powered Thrush 510G aircraft using S10 diesel fuel at SINDAG 2015 congress in Brazil. The demonstration flights are part of a larger effort to secure regulatory approval of S10 diesel fuel usage for 510G aircraft operated in Brazil.
GENEVA, Switzerland –– Last week, IKHANA Aircraft Services and GE Aviation announced a collaborative effort to develop a variant of the de Havilland Twin Otter DHC-6-100/-200/-300 aircraft with GE’s H Series turboprop engines.