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QATAR REQUESTS SPARE C-17 ENGINES AND EQUIPMENT
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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Source: The Boeing Co.


Source: The Boeing Co.


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WASHINGTON - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for spare C-17 engines, equipment, and support. The estimated cost is $81 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 7, 2016.

The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of the following in support of its eight (8) C-17 Globemaster III aircraft procured under a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS): four spare F117-PW-100 engines, Quick Engine Change (QEC) Kits, Engine Transport Trailers, Engine Platforms, Engine Trailers, and other various support. The estimated total program cost is $81 million.

The proposed sale would contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the U.S. by helping to improve the security of an important regional ally. Qatar is a vital partner for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. The C-17 provides a heavy airlift capability and complements the normal, day-to-day operations of Qatar’s C-130J fleet. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale would enhance Qatar’s ability to operate and maintain its C-17s, supporting its capability to provide humanitarian aid in the Middle East and Africa region and support its troops in coalition operations.

The prime contractor will be the Boeing Corporation of Chicago, Illinois. The U.S. Government is not aware of any known offsets associated with this sale. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor.

The number of U.S. Government and contractor representatives required in Qatar to support the program will be determined in joint negotiations as the program proceeds through the development, production and equipment installation phases.

Source:  Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Associated URL: www.dsca.mil
Source Date: December 8, 2016
Posted: 12/09/2016

 
 
BEECHCRAFT INTRODUCES SPECIAL MISSION ENHANCEMENTS FOR THE KING AIR 350 PLATFORM
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Source: Beechcraft


Source: Beechcraft


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DUBAI - Beechcraft Corporation announced at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference in Dubai that the company is now offering Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines for improved performance on its King Air 350HW and King Air 350ER turboprops.

In addition, the company is offering an increased gross weight option for these platforms, increasing the maximum takeoff weight to 17,500 pounds. Both enhancements are now FAA and EASA certified and offered as factory options for new aircraft or as aftermarket modifications.

The more powerful Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines provide superior field and climb performance, including hot and high operations. With an outside air temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), the engine upgrade allows for a maximum takeoff gross weight increase of up to 2,700 pounds at sea level, compared to the standard aircraft. The increased gross weight option provides operators greater flexibility between payload and fuel, representing a potential increase in loiter time of two to three hours.

The King Air 350HW is a Heavy Weight (HW) version of the King Air 350 that provides operators an increased gross weight through larger and stronger main landing gear struts, wheels, tires and brakes. The King Air 350ER is an Extended Range (ER) version that includes the enhanced landing gear and increases the fuel capacity through the addition of low drag metal fuel tanks aft of the powerplants.

Source:  Beechcraft
Source Date: December 6, 2016
Posted: 12/08/2016

 
 
XEOS TO BUILD ENGINE SERVICE CENTER IN POLAND
Monday, December 5, 2016
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Source: GE Aviation


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FRANKFURT - XEOS, a joint venture of GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik, plans to build an aircraft engine service center in the Legnica Special Economic Zone in Sroda Slaska, Poland. Valued at approximately EUR250 million, the investment is expected to create up to 500 jobs.

Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, Lufthansa Technik Senior Vice President of Engine Services, said, "For decades, Lufthansa Technik has been known for top quality in the maintenance, repair, and overhaul business of engines, as well as aircraft structures and components. The establishment of the XEOS engine shop with our partner GE is a major milestone in LHT's growth strategy."

Bill Millhaem, GE Aviation senior executive, said, "We, together with our partner, and the support of the Polish government and local authorities, are delighted to announce our latest investment in Poland. The facility is designed to be a world-class aircraft engine service center focused on the maintenance, repair and overhaul of GE's technologically advanced next-generation engines. We look forward to the investment and contributing to the economic development in the region and the entire country."

Upon the finalization of certain agreements between Lufthansa Technik and GE, which are expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2017, the cornerstone for the project is scheduled to be laid in March 2017, with the factory becoming operational in September 2018.

The new center will mainly service GE Aviation GEnx-2B turbofan engines, and is to be capable of servicing the new GE9X engine by 2021. Nearly 500 GEnx-2B engines are in service with 18 operators around the world, and the fleet has accumulated five million flight hours.

Currently in development, the GE9X engine is slated to enter service in 2020. Almost 700 GE9X engines have been ordered by customers around the world.

The new service center is to be constructed in two phases. The first two years of the project will mainly see involve construction of office, service, and operational buildings. Depending on future business development, a further expansion is then planned that may include a test chamber for aircraft engines.

Source:  Lufthansa Technik
Source Date: December 5, 2016
Posted: 12/08/2016

 

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