A350-1000’s Maiden Flight Completes Trent’s Trio of XWB-Powered Platforms

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

The new Airbus A350 XWB, with nearly 50 aircraft currently in service, has just received an addition to the family. After its maiden flight in late November, 2016, the A350-1000 is seeking to make its mark in the aviation world. The flight was a triumph for both Airbus and Rolls-Royce, whose engines exclusively power this particular range of aircraft. The Trent, a well-known name in aviation, is used aboard Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Continue reading

QTA Receives STC for PW304 Engine Inlet Upgrade Program

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

PW300 Engine Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

PW300 Engine
Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Quiet Technology Aerospace (QTA) recently received STC approval for its third PW305 carbon-graphite engine inlet upgrade program. The carbon-graphite inlet mitigates aluminum inner barrel inlet corrosion and acoustic screen degradation through replacement with the new carbon-graphite barrel. The lighter weight alternative looks identical to the original aluminum barrel. Continue reading

CFM56 Cements Venerable Status with 30,000 Engines Delivered

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

CFM56

CFM56

As the CFM56 passes the baton to the next-generation LEAP engine, it is only fitting to take a look back at such a prolific turbine. Passing a major milestone in October 2016, CFM announced that it had delivered its 30,000th CFM56 engine. Although the engine remains in production for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family of aircraft, output is forecast to decline to a relatively low number beginning in 2020. Continue reading

T55 Soldiers On Aboard Venerable CH-47 Chinook

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Boeing CH-47F Chinook

Boeing CH-47F Chinook

When an aviation platform passes 50 years of continuous military service, it joins a prestigious, albeit small, group of aircraft. The group gets significantly smaller when another proviso is added, that of being in current production. The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a member of this elite group, and its august Honeywell T55 gas turbine engine has been with the platform from the beginning. Continue reading

Small Platforms Key to Turbojet Engine’s Future

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

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Schematic diagram showing the operation of an axial flow turbojet engine. Source: wikipedia

The end of the Second World War marked the beginning of a new era in aviation. Turbine-powered aircraft were a vast improvement over previous piston-engine designs in a great many respects and could fly higher and faster. The Jet Age was marked by record-breaking aircraft doing the seemingly impossible. The jet engine had arrived, and its basic form, the turbojet, would power some of the most iconic aircraft of the time. Continue reading

Massive Sale to Egypt Establishes the SGT-8000H as a Major Market Competitor

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International

Siemens SGT5-8000H

Siemens SGT5-8000H

Natural gas has long been used for energy production, and its popularity is on the rise. Not necessarily a cheap option, it is the cleanest fossil fuel and its combustion generally results in less pollution. More efficient gas-fired power plants help lower emissions while increasing output, a proverbial win-win. This year has seen combined-cycle efficiency records broken not once but twice, a telling sign of future trends. General Electric is currently the record holder with an impressive efficiency rating of over 62 percent; however, it was Siemens who previously led the pack.[i] Continue reading

HondaJet’s Unique Engine Layout Sets It Apart from the Competition

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International

HondaJet in flight

HondaJet in flight

Automotive manufacturers have a long history of dabbling in aviation, and vice versa. The Ford Trimotor quickly jumps to mind; however, it is a new business jet entry to the market that is making headlines. The HondaJet, a unique design in the aviation world, has recently entered production. The aircraft and the engines that power it are forecast to do well in the light business jet market.

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Pratt & Whitney Engine Programs in High Gear

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Pratt & Whitney PW1000G

Pratt & Whitney PW1000G

With the recent boom in commercial aircraft orders over, focus now turns to fulfilling the tremendous backlogs both Airbus and Boeing have accumulated. The boom was driven in large part by airlines’ desire for more fuel-efficient aircraft and the engines that power them. Continue reading

GE F110: A Link to Three Major Fourth-Generation Fighters

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

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General Electric F110-GE-129 engine

As fourth-generation fighters are slowly pushed aside by next-generation aircraft, it is easy to forget the importance of these older platforms. Built amid Cold War tensions, these fighters were the pinnacle of technology. The F-14 and fictional MiG-28 in the film Top Gun defined what was cool about flying fighters. The F-14, F-15, and F-16 were indeed the top dogs; however, aside from their era, they shared very little in common. Continue reading

The World Aviation Gas Turbine Market 2016 – 2030

by Edward Nebinger, Forecast International.

Platinum Forecast System TM logo rgbWe are pleased to present a brief summary of the latest forecast information on the world’s aviation gas turbines.  This information has been derived directly from the Aviation Gas Turbine module of Forecast International’s revolutionary Platinum Forecast System® 2.0, the only one of its type worldwide. Continue reading