GE H Series turboprops begin STC conversions for agricultural operators
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LONG BEACH, California – Turbine Conversions, Ltd has completed the first installation of a GE H75 turboprop engine coupled to an Avia V508E-AG/106/A propeller on a Thrush S2R-T11. The first test flight occurred on December 2, 2016. Turbine Conversions plans to amend their existing Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) to add the GE H Series engines on Thrush, Ag Cat, Fat Cat, and Air Tractor 400/500. FAA approval is anticipated in the first half of 2017.
The GE H Series engine provides significant improvements in aircraft performance and maintenance simplicity to deliver rugged, reliable power for a range of applications. With 1,040 Thermo HP, the GE H Series engine enables aircraft to operate at higher outside temperatures and higher altitudes. It brings the operator more efficiency and higher security, combined with a significant reduction of maintenance costs.
“Turbine Conversions is pleased to be able to expand our turbine conversion STCs to now include the GE H75 and H80 Series turboprops. We can now offer GE H Series engines directly to our customers as part of our conversion kits, or make them available to existing TCL conversions owners for the update of out-of-time engines,” said Bill Hatfield, President of Turbine Conversion Ltd.
The H Series turboprop engine (designed and manufactured by GE Aviation´s plant in Prague, Czech Republic) has been selected to power a variety of aircraft including the Aircraft Industries L410, the Nextant Aerospace G90XT, the Thrush Aircraft 510G and the CAIGA AG300 aircraft. Built to handle harsh conditions and extreme environments, the H Series engine is ideal for both new and STC aircraft applications serving commuter, business, agriculture and utility aircraft segments all around the world.
The H Series turboprop family incorporates GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no intermediate hot section inspection required for a multitude of uses: agricultural, business turboprops, commuter and utility aircraft. GE offers H Series turboprop engines with 4000-hour time between overhaul (TBO) for Agriculture, Utility and Business Aviation Aircraft. An extension program is also offered to extend TBOs for in-service engines.
About Turbine Conversions, Ltd
Turbine Conversions Ltd is a family owned and operated company that has specialized in the manufacturing of PMA parts and FAA approved innovative enhancements that have improve safety and profitability for aircraft since 1990. For more information, visit us at www.turbineconversions.com.
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.