GE Aviation unveiled a family of new jet engines that it expects to power future supersonic corporate aircraft.
GE’s Affinity engines are designed for efficiency at both subsonic and supersonic speeds, and meet current noise and emission standards.
Affinity engines combine aspects of GE’s military and airline engines. They are twin-shaft turbofans built around the core of an airline engine.
“It’s a hybrid between an airline engine and a fighter engine,” Mottier said.
GE’s Catalyst turboprop is expected to fly on Textron Aviation's Cessna Denali next year.
The Catalyst is a clean-sheet turboprop with full authority digital engine control designed to improve performance and efficiency and simplify operation. It also offers temperature, overspeed, and torque protection—and a single power lever controls engine thrust and propeller rpm.
The Catalyst is being tested and manufactured in Europe. Taking a swipe at rival Pratt & Whitney Canada, Mottier said GE Aviation launched the turboprop program because that segment “hasn’t seen a whole lot of new technology in the last 40 years” (since Pratt & Whitney Canada introduced its PT6 engine series).
GE entered the corporate aviation industry 10 years ago, and now its engines power a wide range of aircraft from aerobatic military trainers to long-range corporate jets.
“It’s been quite a ride,” Mottier said.