GE Aviation to launch two new turboprop engines
July 27, 2012, Evendale, Oh. - GE Aviation is planning to launch two new turboprop engines, the H75 and H85, which are from the same line as its recently certified H80 engine.
Aimed at powering the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop aircraft, both the H75 and H85 engines will be rated at 750 shaft horsepower (SHP) and 850SHP respectively for takeoff and maximum continuous operations.
Paul Theofan, GE Aviation business and general aviation turboprops president and managing executive, said that several potential aircraft applications could benefit from the two new engine models.
"GE looks forward to bringing these engines to the business and general aviation marketplace," he said.
Expected to achieve engine type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2013, the new engines will be manufactured at GE Aviation's Czech Republic facility.
GE has already started the production of the H80 engine, with 50 engines being manufactured in 2012, while the company also plans to boost the production rate to more than 100 engines in 2013.
Based on the design of the M601 engine, the H80 turboprop engine features GE's 3D aerodynamic design techniques and enhanced equipment, which offers improved engine capabilities, further reducing regular fuel nozzle and hot section inspection.
With an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between repairs, the single or dual-acting governor option of H80 engine will allow flexible propeller selection to its customers.
The Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft will be the first aircraft to be powered by H80 engine, while the engine has also been selected by Aircraft Industries to power its upcoming L410 commuter aircraft early next year, as well as Rysachok twin engine aircraft Technoavia.