Sun, Apr 10, 2011
Engine Delivers 40% More Power, Reduces Operational Costs For
EASA has certified Honeywell’s TPE331-12JR turboprop
engine for the Cessna Caravan, which reportedly enables European
operators to take advantage of the engine’s improved power,
lower cost, enhanced fuel efficiency, and low noise levels. Texas
Turbine Conversions, Inc., a major Honeywell partner in this
market, helped drive this important milestone.
With the TPE331-12JR engine, Honeywell claims that operators
experience up to 40-percent more power than the production engine.
They also save as much as $40 per hour in operations costs due to
longer maintenance intervals, fewer lifecycle-limited parts and
better fuel efficiency when compared to the standard OEM engine.
The engine also passes Germany’s stringent maximum fly-over
noise level of 78 dB(A).
Donnerflug Aviation Services, a Germany-based skydiving
operator, owns a Honeywell-powered Cessna Caravan conversion
aircraft from Texas Turbines. Since operating the plane, Donnerflug
has seen nearly a 77 percent increase in business due to greater
capacity per flight and ability to attract new skydiving customers.
“We have attracted more jumpers and have been able to
accommodate other business activities. This aircraft differentiates
us from our local competitors and is directly tied to our
success,” said Markus Bastuck, managing partner and pilot,
Donnerflug Aviation Services GMbH.
The TPE331-12JR has demonstrated improved maintenance intervals
of up to 3,500 hours between hot section and 7,000 hours between
overhaul further reducing cost of operation. At cruise, the
TPE331-12JR burns as much as four gallons an hour less fuel for
similar speeds than the original production motor on the
The TPE331 engine series now includes 18 engine models and 106
configurations. More than 13,000 engines have been delivered to
date and more than 116 million hours of flight time have been
accumulated. The TPE331 is one of the most reliable and proven
turboprop engines in the world.
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