GE To Begin
Certification Testing Of Its New H80 Turboprop Engine
December 12, 2009 – GE Aviation will begin certification testing of
their new H80 turboprop engine. The GE H80 turboprop engine, which will
produce up to 800 shaft horsepower (shp) to power utility, agriculture
and business and general aviation aircraft. Component testing of the H80
engine has been underway for several months, and GE has recently started
aeromechanical and performance testing on test engines.
"The results from our component and engine demonstration tests of the
H80 engine have been very positive, and we look forward to the start of
certification testing on the H80 engine, which is the first new
commercial turboprop engine for GE in more than a decade," says Brad
Mottier, vice president and general manager of the Business and General
Aviation organization at GE Aviation.
The H80 engine combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine
with GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to
create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable turboprop engine with
significantly enhancing hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude
cruise speeds. The H80 engine will also feature an extended service life
of 3,600 flight-hours and 6,600 cycles between overhauls.
Engine certification of the H80 is expected in early 2010 with
entry into service on the Thrush 510 to quickly follow.
Last summer, GE acquired certain assets of Walter Engines a.s., an
aircraft engine design and manufacturing company with a distinguished
history in aviation. Since that time, the new business, GE Aviation
Czech s.r.o., completed its move to a new 135,000 square-foot facility
The former Walter Engines produced more than 37,000 engines, and its
Walter M601 turboprop engine family has attained 17 million flight-hours
on 30 applications since its introduction in 1975.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as avionics, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings.
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