GE Aviation expands agreement as Aircraft Industries engine provider
PRAGUE | November 20, 2018
GE Aviation has signed an agreement with Aircraft Industries to supply GE H Series turboprop engines for Let L-410 and L-410 NG models manufactured by the Czech-based aircraft maker.
GE’s H Series is a family of turboprop engines offering a wide range of power and performance customized for business and general aviation aircraft. Featuring power output options from 750 to 850 SHP for both takeoff and maximum continuous operation, the H Series is the ideal power solution to meet the requirements of the L-410 series.
“We are pleased to expand our successful collaboration with Aircraft Industries and support their future growth in the commuter market place,” said Michele D’Ercole, president and managing executive of GE Aviation Czech. “We look forward to continuing to invest in the H Series engines to bring state-of-art technologies and a simplified flying experience to pilots and operators.”
L-410 commuters powered by M601 or H Series engines have operated in over 60 countries worldwide. The durable aircraft’s ability to land on short, unpaved runways enables operation in severe conditions. The L-410 offers maximum versatility for a variety of missions.
GE retained the rugged, reliable features of the legacy M601 engine, then infused advanced aerodynamics, materials and novel manufacturing processes to create the modern H Series turboprop engine family. The H Series has novel 3D aerodynamic design for the compressor and blisks (bladed disks) compressor rotors. It also has a series of technical features aimed to increase power density, improve engine fuel efficiency and extend durability. are among the enablers for the L410s’ augmented hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude cruise speeds.
“The strategic partnership established between Aircraft Industries and GE Aviation Czech is a success story and continues delivering strong value to customers worldwide,” said Timur Azernyy, board member for Aircraft Industries. “We are happy to continue this fruitful cooperation with GE.”
The L-410 NG, powered by GE’s H85-200 engine, inherited the best of L-410 family aircraft and offers improved flight parameters, operational characteristics and the latest avionics. Thanks to a new wing structure, with integral fuel tank and almost doubled fuel capacity, the L-410 NG enables significantly longer maximum range (2500 km/1350 NM) and endurance (10 hours). Other major enhancements to the aircraft include greater payload (2154 kg/4749 lbs.), cockpit and passenger cabin and increased service life.
GE Aviation Czech is GE’s headquarters for its business and general aviation Turboprop market segment, consolidating advanced technologies, design, and global aftermarket support in providing targeted solutions to the market.
About Aircraft Industries
Aircraft Industries, located in Kunovice, Czech Republic, specializes in the production of L410 aircraft. The company’s history dates to the 1930’s, when it was founded as an aircraft repair shop. All types of aircraft were repaired there after World War II. LET built a new plant in Kunovice in the 1950’s and designed its first general aviation category aircraft in 1957. Since then, Aircraft Industries has had a successful history manufacturing specialized commuter aircraft. More information at www.let.cz
About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.geaviation.com