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Friday, August 22, 2014

GE Looks to Lower H Series Fuel Costs

Juliet Van Wagenen

An H80 powered L-410 aircraft
An H80 powered L-410 aircraft. Photo: GE

[Avionics Today 08-22-2014] GE Aviation submitted an application to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to use S10 diesel fuel for its H Series turboprops, which would help Brazilian operators lower fuel costs by up to 25 percent, according to GE.

The average H Series engine consumes 648,000 liters of fuel before its first scheduled overhaul at 3,600 flight hours. GE reports that by using S10 diesel, operators could save more than $225,000 on fuel between overhauls.

The H Series turboprop family — which includes the H75, H80 and H85 engines — incorporates GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create an engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection.

GE's H Series powers nine applications including the Thrush 510G, Nextant Aerospace G90XT and Aircraft Industries L410 aircraft. The engine family provides the option of a single- or dual-acting governor and is targeted at the agricultural, business turboprop, commuter and utility aircraft segments.

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