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MILITARY DEMAND FOR MODEL 36 APU IS SIGNIFICANT, BUT CENTER OF GRAVITY REMAINS COMMERCIAL APPLICATIO
Thursday, July 11, 2019
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Cessna Citation X+

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Cessna Citation X+

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The Model 36 auxiliary power unit remains a popular choice for business jets and military programs, but production of the APU family is likely to begin declining in the medium term if Honeywell fails to secure new applications.

By then, we expect to see production end for the Dassault Falcon 900LX and Challenger 650. (Another business jet application, the Gulfstream 450, exited the market in 2017, and another, the Cessna Citation X+, will wrap up production in 2019.)

Other business jet models that use the Model 36, including the Bombardier Challenger 350, Dassault Falcon 2000, and the Gulfstream G280, are expected to account for the lion's share of the APU's long-term demand.

Over the long term, new business jets coming onto the market will opt for the Model 36's sibling, the RE200, and its derivatives, or for competing models from Pratt & Whitney. That will eventually lead to a decline in demand for the Model 36.

Military demand for the Model 36 is waning. Boeing's F/A-18 and EA-18G both carry the Model 36 APU, and even as the U.S. Navy expects to transition to the F-35 Lightning II, it is adding to its requirements for both aircraft as a hedge against F-35 costs and program delays. The Pentagon is expected to extend production of the F/A-18 into the late 2020s, but the outlook is bleak after that. The Eurofighter Typhoon faces a similar fate. Both aircraft are victims of the shrinking demand for legacy fighters and competition from the F-35.

The Model 36 still has a couple of applications in the rotorcraft market, and the S-92 and the Boeing AH-64 Apache are projected to remain in production throughout the forecast period. Demand for these models will be modest compared to demand for business jets.

The Pentagon's VH-92 presidential helicopter program will boost deliveries of the S-92 during 2019-2023, but as it involves only 23 aircraft, the program will have only minimal impact on demand for the Model 36. Demand for the S-92 is heavily influenced by the health of the offshore energy segment, and demand for heavy helicopters from that sector has yet to recover from a deep slowdown suffered by operators in 2014-2016.

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Author: Douglas Royce, Aviation Gas Turbines 

 
QATAR AIRWAYS AND GE SIGN GENX AND GE9X ENGINES AND SERVICES AGREEMENTS
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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GEnx-1B for Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 aircraft

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GEnx-1B for Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 aircraft

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WASHINGTON -- Qatar Airways and GE Aviation signed multiple agreements July 9 for GE engines. As part of the agreements, Qatar Airways selected the GEnx engine to power its 30 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft along with a TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the engines.

Qatar Airways also signed a TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement for MRO services on its GE9X engine fleet that will power 60 Boeing 777X aircraft.

The agreements are valued at more than $5 billion

Source:  GE Aviation
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SONEX UNVEILS TWO-SEAT JSX-2T JET
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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SubSonex JSX-2 kit personal jet

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SubSonex JSX-2 kit personal jet

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PITTSBURG, Calif. -- General Aviation aircraft kit maker Sonex Aircraft has announced the development of a two-place variant of the popular SubSonex Personal Jet. SubSonex JSX-2T is designed to be the lowest cost jet trainer ever. It will be a perfect trainer for the single-place JSX-2, and for those who want to share the unique experience of jet-powered flight in a light aircraft.

JSX-2T is configured with side-by-side seating for optimum flexibility in CG/loading and offers an ideal training environment for its crew. With a wing span of 21.8 feet JSX-2T will have similar wing loading and handling to the single-place JSX-2. The two-place jet will use the same proven PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine. An optional, more powerful PBS TJ-150 will achieve even higher performance.

SubSonex JSX-2 kit+engine+completion costs start at under $114,000. Sonex Aircraft’s target for the SubSonex JSX-2T is to offer a 2-place jet that can be built and flown for under $140,000.

Customers and media representatives are invited to attend the Sonex Aircraft Open House and Homecoming Fly-In event on Sunday July 21 at 10am to learn more about the JSX-2T, its projected development timeline, and how customers can get in-line for their own 2-place SubSonex. The event will be held at Sonex Factory Headquarters on Wittman Regional Airport the day before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 begins. A forum will also be held at AirVenture July 24 on Forum Stage 5 at 11:30am.

JSX-2T Estimated Specifications & Performance

Length 18' 7.75" [5.68 m]

Wingspan 21' 9.6" [6.65 m]

Height 5' 8.2" [1.73 m]

Width with Outboard Wing Panels Removed 7' 6" [2.29 m]

Cabin Width 42" [106.68 cm]

Empty Weight (estimated) 530 lbs [240.4 kg]

Gross Weight 1500 lbs [680.39 kg]

Useful Load (estimated) 970 lbs [440 kg]

Fuel Capacity 50 U.S. Gallons [189.3 l]

Baggage Capacity 40 lbs [18.14 kg]

Stall Speed (estimated) 65 mph [104.6 km/h]

Cruise Speed (estimated) 200+ mph [321.9+ km/h]

Never Exceed Speed 275 mph [442.6 km/h]

Source:  Sonex Aircraft
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