has increased the 2020 revenue target for its business and general aviation engine segment because of strong order bookings.
The company had set a target of reaching $1 billion in revenue by 2020, but with business already booked the company knows it will surpass that level, says Brad Mottier, vice president and general managerbusiness and general aviation. A new target has now been set, he says, without disclosing the new level.
The engine division also is closing in on several key milestones for its product portfolio. Having reached engine design freeze for the Passport turbofan to power theGlobal 70000 and Global 8000, in October it starts to build up components for the first engine to test, which is due next year. Assembly of that turbofan should start before year-end.
GE will build ten of the 16,500 lb. thrust Passport engines for the certification process. The engine is due to fly on a GEflying testbed in 2014, with engine certification planned in 2016.
Mottier says additional applications are being sought, but only in the business aircraft market, not in the regional jet segment because the powerplant is designed for higher speed and higher-altitude operations than an RJ would require.
In August, the company also plans to complete certification tests associated with the HF120 engine, being developed in a joint venture with Honda for the HondaJet. The certification paperwork should be completed in September with type certification in hand by year-end. Suppliers are now ramping up output to support production deliveries.
Furthermore, the company expects entry into service of the H80 turboprop engine next month on the Thrush 510G crop duster.
Other applications include the Aircraft Industry L410, with flight trials now underway, and the Technoavia Rysachok. Work is also underway for a specific type certificate to install the engine on the King Air 90.
Development activity has also begun on other versions of the engine, Mottier says, although he would not reveal the planned application.