Snecma Bizjet Engine Gets a Name (Silvercrest), but Still No Takers

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Snecma introduced the name Silvercrest for its new 8,000- to 12,000-pound-thrust engine family. The intended application for the Silvercrest is a large cabin, long-range aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight between 45,000 and 60,000 pounds, Snecma said. It can also be scaled up to power a new generation of 40- to 60-seat regional jets. Core engine technology demonstration tests began last January, but no certification date has yet been announced.

Silvercrest will incorporate "innovative" technologies that Snecma said will provide operators with measurable performance enhancements over current-generation engines: up to 15 percent lower fuel burn, at least a 20-percent improvement in climb thrust, low NOx emission and at least 25 dB less than current Stage 3 noise standards.