Wed, Feb 09, 2011
FAA Certification Expected "In The Coming Weeks"
The EASA certified the SMA SR305-230E diesel engine for
general aviation on January 24. The engine logged 2,500 hours of
ground and flight testing for this certification program. Service
entry, which is scheduled for early 2012.
“This success represents a major step forwards for this
engine program. Certification of the SR305-230E by (the FAA) of the
United States is expected in the coming weeks”, said Thierry
Hurtes, chairman & CEO of SMA.
Based on the results of the certification tests, SMA guarantees
Time Between Overhauls (TBO) of 2,000 hours. Rated at 230 shaft
horsepower, this engine was developed by SMA (Société
de Motorisations Aéronautiques), a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Snecma (Safran group). It is designed for single- or twin-engine
As a diesel engine purpose-designed for general aviation
applications, perfectly matching the needs of aircraft
manufacturers and users alike, the SR305-230E sets a new standard
in this market. The SR305-230E diesel engine uses widely available
Jet A fuel, which means that customers are no longer subject to the
cost and availability restrictions of Avgas, and it offers
performance fully equivalent to the best gas-powered engines in
this power class now on the market.
With the SR305-230E, SMA clearly marks its commitment to the
continuous improvement of diesel aircraft engines, in particular
with unprecedented fuel savings of 50% in relation to gas-powered
engines. The design of the SR305-230E also eliminates all lead
emissions and ensures a low level of carbon-dioxide (CO2)
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