A new turboprop engine GE Catalyst has been developed just in two years. According to the director of the GE Aviation Czech Daniel Hrnčíř, it is a huge success of the Czech engineers because it normally takes four years.
GE Aviation has invested more tham 400 million dollars in development costs for the GE Catalyst engine. GE made an agreement with the Czech government to build its new turboprop headquarters for development, test and engine-production in the Czech Republic. This new facility is expected to employ 500 additional employees.
GE uses new manufacturing techniques like 3D printing to enable more advanced component designs and reduced part counts. The reduction in complexity speeds production, reduces fuel burn and weight and increases durability.
Certification test will take place over the next two years, with entry into service targeted for 2020.
Published by the team of CzechTrade foreign office in Chicago.