GE Aviation is offering a variety of new products at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta this week. Included among the products are Modular Power Tiles that offer lightweight solid-state power controllers. They are used to manage an aircraft’s power system, and reduce the bulk and amount of wiring needed in an aircraft. GE Aviation is best known for the production of jet engines.
The company is establishing centers around the world to develop its electrical system products, including Modular Power Tiles. The Electrical Power Research and Development Centers in the United States and in the United Kingdom are aimed at helping to advance electric power technologies in the business aviation marketplace. The centers will be directed at providing aircraft manufacturers and users with knowledge of GE’s end-to-end power generation, distribution, conversion, load management, and control technologies.
“GE’s electrical power technology path supports coming generations of commercial transports, business and regional jets and future military programs for both manned and unmanned applications. We have an extensive range of products and experience to draw on that will result in new levels of product performance and user experience to our customer base,” said Vic Bonneau, president of Electrical Power for GE Aviation’s Systems business.
One of the centers will be located near Dayton, Ohio, with the exact location to be announced by the end of 2010 and operational beginning in 2012. The Electrical Power Integration Center (EPIC) in the U.K. is being built on the GE Aviation Bishops Cleeve campus in Cheltenham. The U.K. facility will be 30,000 square feet and will be open for preliminary work by the end of 2010 and fully operational by March 2011.