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    2014.10.13 | | EASA gives green light to Arrius 2B2plus

    Bordes, October 13, 2014 - Turbomeca (Safran) announces EASA certification of the Arrius 2B2plus turboshaft engine. Specifically developed to power light single and twin helicopters, the 2B2plus powers the Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3. The first delivery to a customer from Airbus Helicopters is expected in the coming weeks. The 2B2plus is the latest member of the Arrius family, which recording 7 million flight hours and making it the most used engine family of its class on the market. In addition to its unmatched reliability, it offers a number of advantages over existing models : the engine delivers a 6% power increase in hot and high conditions compared to the previous 2B2 version, strongly contributing to the T3 ability to carry more than 200 kg extra payload at the same altitude. A 4,000 hours TBO (Time Between Overhaul) coupled with low fuel consumption makes the 2B2plus one of the most competitive engine in its class. Its flight profile increases the safety margin of particular missions, such as EMS missions, flown over congested areas, where a strong single-engine performance is required. The 2B2plus has a simple and modern design that is facilitating maintenance tasks. Customers also benefit from a computerized maintenance aid that makes use of the data recorded from the Engine Electronic Control Unit. All these benefits are granted at the same direct maintenance cost (DMC) to the previous 2B2 version. Furthermore, all current tools and parts are still good for the 2B2plus. No additional training is required. To date, 650 customers across 75 countries have chosen the Arrius for their operations and Turbomeca has sold more than 3,000 engines of this family. This proven reliability, combined with Turbomeca’s renowned service and support capabilities, make it the best engine for critical missions. Turbomeca (Safran) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced 70,000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,500 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 30 proximity maintenance centers, 18 Repair & Overhaul Centers, and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.
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    2014.10.09 | | CFM’s LEAP engine takes to the skies

    Engine behaved well during very successful first flight On track for engine certification in 2015 West Chester, Ohio, October 9, 2014 - CFM International’s LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on 6 October on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. "The LEAP engine behaved like a real veteran as we took it through its aerodynamic clearance points," said chief test pilot Steven Crane. "The durability and reliability one expects from a CFM product is clearly there. The flight test data also showed the benefits this engine has gained from leveraging GEnx core technology. I think this flight was a very positive foreshadowing of great things to come for the LEAP engine family." CFM is currently executing the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in its history. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus, Boeing, and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system (IPS). This IPS is an industry first and unique to the LEAP-1C. CFM provides the engine as well as the nacelle and thrust reverser developed by Nexcelle*. These elements, including the pylon provided by COMAC, were designed in conjunction with each other, resulting in a total system that provides improved aerodynamics, lower weight, and easier maintenance. The foundation of the LEAP engine is heavily rooted in advanced aerodynamics, environmental, and materials technology development programs. It will provide double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today’s best CFM engine, along with dramatic reductions in engine noise and emissions. All this technology brings with it CFM’s legendary reliability and low maintenance costs. About CFM International CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE, is the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 26,500 CFM56 engines to date. The LEAP engine has experienced the fastest order ramp up in commercial aviation history, with 7,700 firm orders and commitments on the books as of September 30, 2014. * Nexcelle is a joint venture between Aircelle (Safran) and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS).
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    2014.10.07 | | Spirit Airlines chooses Messier-Bugatti-Dowty

    MRO Europe, Madrid, October 7, 2014 - American ultra low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in the industry, has chosen Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) wheels, brakes and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services for its fleet of Airbus single aisle aircraft. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will supply wheels and carbon brakes for the 52 Spirit A320s and A319s already in operation, along with 45 A320neo and 35 A320ceo aircraft that Sprit has on order. The agreement includes MRO support services, provided by U.S. subsidiary, MBD Wheel and Brake Repair and Services, through its network of repair shops in North America. Spirit Airlines also selected Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to provide landing gear MRO services on its A319 and A321 fleet, at the company's MRO operation in Querétaro, Mexico. "It is imperative that Spirit Airlines has safe and reliable parts and components for our fuel efficient Fit Fleet™ of planes,” says Charlie Rue, Spirit’s vice president of Supply Chain. “Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's expertise in Airbus landing systems, and their proven performance and reliability they have provided us over the years, are key reasons that led to choosing them for this service.” Vincent Mascré, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, added, "We are delighted to extend our partnership with Spirit, which becomes our second customer for A320neo wheels and brakes. Through this contract we have consolidated our market position in North America, while also supporting the development of our MRO network." These contracts further bolster Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's global leadership in both Airbus landing gear MRO, as well as the A320 family wheels and carbon brakes market. They also clearly reflect Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s ability to offer complementary expertise and solutions, addressing the specific needs of Airbus operators. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Company capabilities encompass the full life cycle of our products, ranging from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is a partner to 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 24,000 aircraft making over 40,000 landings every day. The company employs 7,000 staff working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

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