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News: GE Aviation Completes First In-Flight Test Of Catalyst Engine

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  1. GE Aviation Completes First In-Flight Test Of Catalyst Engine
    The first in-flight test flight of the GE Aviation Catalyst engine has been completed. This engine is for their launch customer, Textron Aviation who is developing the new twin-engine turboprop called the Beechcraft Denali (previously known as the Cessna Denali). The GE Aviation Catalyst powerplant features a dual channel FADEC and propeller control which provides jet-like power control on the flight deck as well as increased operating efficiencies and engine protection.
  2. The test flight lasted 1 hour 40 minutes as the pilots put the engines through the initial in-flight test regime. The engine features 3D printed parts which should help increase efficiencies. The power range of the new engine is also impressive permitting 850 to 1600 shaft horsepower (SHP). "The Catalyst first flight opens a world of opportunities in the business and general aviation market with our launch customer at Textron Aviation, but also in the defense space for applications like drones and trainers. It can be, in addition, a super-efficient core that can pave our way towards hybridization of flight," said Riccardo Procacci, chief executive officer at GE Aviation Turboprop Engines. Prior to this first in-flight test flight, GE Aviation amassed more than 2,600 hours of ground testing on the engines.

    For more information:

    Cessna Aircraft Company
    1 Cessna Blvd.
    Wichita, KS 67215
    www.cessna.com

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