LAS VEGAS — GE Honda Aero Engines announced at the National Business Aviation Association convention it has completed all FAA certification testing on its HF120 engine, with all certification reports submitted. GE Honda anticipates receiving type certification by year end for the engine, which will power the Hondajet.
TEMPE, Ariz. – StandardAero has launched dedicated Mobile Repair Teams (MRT) that will conduct on-wing hot section inspections (HSIs) and repairs for the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610 and PW615 series engine.
Lycoming Engines has been selected to power the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which is set to return in February 2014.
Each Red Bull Air Race airplane will be powered by a Lycoming Thunderbolt engine, standardized to Red Bull Air Race’s specifications for all 12 pilots participating in the races.
BUFFALO, Minn. — D’Shannon Aviation recently launched an engine department in Mooresville, N.C., that is designed to service all Continental direct drive engines, restoring them to standards that meet or exceed “factory new” specs.
The flurry of news reporting related to the NPRM and recently proposed AD on TITAN 520/550 style cylinder heads has created a case of “Crack Confusion,” according to officials at Engine Components International (ECi). That’s why they put together a page with photos of the most common cracks. Officials note that a “picture speaks a thousand words…and words can be confusing.” Check it out here.
Shell Aviation recently supplied the engine oils for a memorial flight that recreated an important aviation event that Shell did the same for 100 years ago.
A historic Catalina seaplane landed on Sunday having replicated the 1913 Circuit of Britain, which was the first major competition for seaplanes. The common aviation engine oil in 1913 was a simple castor oil. This time, the Catalina used AeroShell100.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the 1940s to the 1970s, Max Karant was a senior vice president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) who tirelessly and fearlessly fought for the interests of GA. Even though he frequently was blunt and sometimes vicious in his discussions with — and about — the FAA, most people respected him. In fact, on one occasion, an FAA official told me, “we weren’t always right, but he made us be right.”
On one of the lighter occasions, Max asked an FAA official how he got ideas for proposing and writing regulations. “Well,” replied the official, “I’m sitting in my office and I hear a booming voice say ‘write a rule.’ I say ‘yes sir, good or bad? And the voice replies ‘BAD.’”
That friendly exchange was good for a few moments of laughter, but the latest proposal from the FAA might have more serious consequences. That booming voice undoubtedly said BAD.
AVweb reports that Continental Motors is working to ease concerns about the FAA’s recently proposed airworthiness directive for ECi cylinders, noting that “no Continental Motors factory-new/rebuilt engines or parts are affected.” The post notes that Continental has never used the ECi cylinders, so owners “can be confident that no AEC [Airmotive Engineering Corp., a sister company of ECi] or ECi cylinder(s) has ever shipped from Continental Motors on engines or aftermarket spare parts.” However, if aftermarket cylinders were installed after engine shipment from the factory, verification with ECi should be made, the company said.