Smyrna Air Center has completed its first Power 90 Upgrade conversion for AeroMetric, a company that does aerial mapping. GE Aviation’s M601E-11A engines are now powering AeroMetric’s King Air E-90 aircraft for its site in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Power 90 Upgrade Program is a conversion program for owners of King Air 90 aircraft, in which the installed engines are replaced with the 705 shaft-horsepower (shp) GE M601E-11A engines.
“We’ve received feedback from AeroMetric’s pilot that GE M601 engine operating temperatures are lower than previous engines and that time to climb is 30% less, which is critical for them since the plane must reach altitude before aerial mapping can begin,” said Bob Fields, president of Smyrna Air Center.
GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation Turboprops has more than 1,600 M601 engines in service that have accumulated a combined 17 million flight hours.