From nose to tail: Safran covers business aviation

Safran’s state-of-the-art products from across its companies – including Snecma, Microturbo, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Sagem, Turbomeca, Aircelle and Labinal Power Systems – will be highlighted at next week’s NBAA Convention and Exhibition, underscoring the group’s important role in the business aviation sector.


This year's annual gathering of the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) is in Orlando, Florida from October 21-23, with Safran having a high-profile presence in the Orange County Convention Center (Exhibit # 3259, 2,500 sq ft).

Featured at the event are Snecma's new-generation Silvercrest® engine, already selected to power the Longitude business jet from U.S.-based Cessna, as well Dassault's Falcon 5X; the Arrius 2R helicopter engine, which is assembled and supported by Turbomeca USA in Grand Prairie, Texas; along with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear for the Canadian-built Bombardier Global 5000 jet and a cockpit display system with Sagem's Cassiopée flight data management service.

Labinal Power Systems, which groups all of Safran's electrical power system businesses for the aviation market, showcases its ram air turbine that provides power to critical aircraft systems in case of a main power generation system failure. Displayed at NBAA is a ram air turbine for the KC-390 military airlifter of Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, scheduled to enter service in 2016.

Safran's leadership in the trend to more electrical aircraft will be demonstrated by Microturbo's e-APU electric auxiliary power system. With a versatile gearbox, the e-APU can be adapted to different power configurations and electrical systems, while covering power ratings from 20 to 120 kVA. Certified by the European and U.S. civil aviation authorities as Category 1 for essential use, the e-APU enters service on the new AgustaWestland AW189.

The Aircelle business unit of Safran underscores its leadership role in providing nacelles and thrust reversers for a full range of business jets, including the Cessna Longitude; Bombardier Global 5000/6000, Challenger 300/350 and Learjet 85; Dassault Falcon 5X, 7X and 8X; Embraer Legacy 450/500; Gulfstream G550 and G280. In addition, Aircelle and GE Aviation showcase the GE Passport integrated propulsion system for Bombardier's Global 7000/8000 business aircraft, for which the complete nacelle unit is being developed and built by Nexcelle – a 50/50 joint venture of Aircelle and GE Aviation's Middle River Aircraft Systems.

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