(Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2007) -- At the 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), Snecma announced the delivery of the first components of the Silvercrest core engine technology demonstrator, its new generation engine family for super mid-size to large business jets.
As announced at NBAA 2006, this technology demonstrator paves the way for the launch of the new Silvercrest family that will bring spectacular advances in performance, reliability and environmental friendliness over current generation engines in this thrust class. Parts have already been delivered to the development assembly line, including: blisks, high-pressure turbine blades, sectors of the turbine nozzles, as well as the advanced next generation impeller.
A dedicated test cell will be used for core engine testing -- simulating the low-pressure modules -- to obtain all the critical data needed to validate the core architecture and performance parameters. This process-driven approach is essential to optimize the full-scale engine design and development. This series of tests will be run on the Silvercrest demonstration core engine at Snecma's Villaroche facility in France.
"Receiving all the parts on, or ahead of, schedule in the assembly shop allows us to confirm the first core demo run in the 4th quarter of 2007", said Jean-Pierre Cojan, executive vice president and general manager of Snecma's Commercial Engine Division.
Silvercrest will deliver between 9,500 and 12,000 pounds of thrust, depending on the airframers' requirements. Typical applications will be super mid-size to large cabin aircraft with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) between 45,000 and 60,000 lbs. The engine design integrates specific features that will also meet the needs of 40 to 60-seat regional jets, when market conditions allow carriers to begin replacing their existing fleets.
Snecma Chairman and CEO Philippe Petitcolin, said: "It's a strategic move for Snecma to enter the business aviation market with a 9,500 to 12,000 lb. engine, bringing to operators the expertise that made the CFM engine the most successful in history. It's of paramount importance for Snecma to diversify and pursue in the business aviation market with Silvercrest, what we have already done in the regional and commercial aviation markets."