July 22, 2011
By Dave Hirschman
Kestrel Aircraft Co. has selected Honeywell’s TPE331-14GR to power its single-engine turboprop aircraft, the companies announced July 22.
The TPE331-14GR produces up to 1,759 horsepower and will be derated to 1,000 horsepower for the six- to eight-seat Kestrel.
“Customers want lower maintenance costs, fewer lifecycle-limited parts and better fuel efficiency,” said Bob Wilson, president of Honeywell’s general aviation business. “Honeywell is uniquely suited to deliver these benefits and more.”
Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier praised Honeywell for its commitment to the start-up company’s success. “Making sure we had the right supplier to further progress on the design was pivotal,” he said.
Kestrel is based in Brunswick, Maine, and intends to certify and produce an all-composite aircraft with a broad performance envelope and the newest technology for domestic and international sales. Klapmeier shared his plans for the aircraft with AOPA Pilot and AOPA Live.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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