Sat, Jul 23, 2011
TPE331-14GR Chosen for 'Efficiency, Reliability and Power'
Kestrel Aircraft finally tipped their hand and filled the
aviation world in on their selection of a powerplant for the
Company announced today the selection of the all composite,
single-engine turboprop Kestrel, with the selection of the
Honeywell TPE331-14GR engine.
The Kestrel team went through a vigorous process to determine
which engine would be best suited to power the current product in
development. The Kestrel mission is to combine high cruise speed
and long range, while carrying large payloads in and out of short
runways, with particular attention to ease and cost of operation.
The power and efficiency of the -14GR is ideally suited to this
The TPE331-14GR produces 1759 thermodynamic horsepower, but the
Kestrel will flat rate the engine to approximately 1000 shaft
horsepower, to allow for better high altitude, high temperature
“Customers want lower maintenance costs, fewer life
cycle-limited parts and better fuel efficiency when they select an
aircraft engine,” said Rob Wilson, president of Honeywell
Aerospace’s Business and General Aviation business.
“Honeywell’s TPE331 is uniquely situated to deliver
these benefits and more, that will help make the Kestrel a success
in the market.”
An equally important decision for Kestrel was not just the
engine, but whether the company would make a good team member.
Kestrel Chairman and CEO, Alan Klapmeier stated, “Making
sure we had the right supplier to further progress on the design
was pivotal. Honeywell’s commitment to the success of the
Kestrel program makes them a real team member. We are happy to have
their support, knowledge, and expertise on board. We look forward
to providing our future customers an exciting aircraft.”
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