VILLAROCHE, France -- Global demographic shifts in the business jet market, a strong forecast for continued growth in that fleet, and environmental pressures facing engine performance and fuel consumption compelled Snecma to explore entering the bizav market. In a mere 22 months from program launch in January 2006 to running the $100 million core engine demonstrator program, Snecma thinks its 9,500- to 12,000-pound thrust Silvercrest power-plant could be ready to enter service in 2013 on a ...

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