New GE Engine Aims For Aerobatics

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GE Aviation has created a new modified version of its H series turboprop engine especially for aerobatic airplanes, the company said last week at Aero Friedrichshafen, in Germany, and is working with EASA to certify it by next year. Diamond Aircraft is among the manufacturers interested in the engine, for its Dart 450, GE’s Nick Hurm told AVweb this week. The H series features a single-lever Electronic Engine and Propeller Control system that provides automatic limiting functions, reducing pilot workload. The aerobatic version also will feature an inverted oil system and other modifications for enhancing aerobatics. Certification is expected next year, Hurm said.

The standard GE H Series engine received its type certification from EASA last December, followed by its FAA type certificate in March. The H Series has already been selected for four aircraft applications, the company said. The engine is suited for light aircraft in the 550 to 850 SHP range, Hurm said. AVweb’s editorial director Paul Bertorelli took a look at the H Series at NBAA 2015; click here for his video report.

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