Hispano-Suiza wins Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) for Eclipse 500<sup>TM</sup>jet
Peterborough, Canada, February, 1st 2004
Eclipse Aviation CorporationTM, manufacturer of the twin-engine Eclipse 500TM jet, has selected Hispano-Suiza Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) to control and monitor the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engine.
The PW610F electronic engine control system is based on an Hispano-Suiza dual-channel, dual redundant architecture. Its modular design with open architecture and the combination of the Operating System and the Application Program has facilitated its quick development. This advanced electronic engine control will provide the operators with optimum value and performance with outstanding reliability.
EclipseTM Aviation will benefit from Hispano-Suiza's design and development work on the FADEC for the PW615F turbofan engine that will have 1,350-pounds of thrust and will be used on the Cessna Mustang.
For Hispano-Suiza, this new application is an important strategic win as it brings Hispano-Suiza field-proven engine control experience a breakthrough in the very light jet market, said Pascal Sénéchal, Chairman and CEO of Hispano-Suiza.
The Hispano-Suiza FADECs are benefiting from 40 years of experience on electronic engine controls for military and commercial engines, including CFM56 series, and CF6 and GE90 series.
The PW610F engine selected for the Eclipse 500 is a medium bypass turbofan flat rated at 900lbf of takeoff thrust at sea level up to 77°F and is part of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW600 series of engines which span the 900 to 3,000 pound thrust range, started with the PW625, a 2500 lbf thrust demonstrator engine. The PW610F engine certification is scheduled for the first quarter of 2006.
Hispano-Suiza is a leading company for the design, manufacturing and support of engine control systems, electronic control equipment, accessory drives for engines and power transmission system for aircraft and helicopters. It provides comprehensive support solutions and also supplies and integrates hydro-mechanical units, electrical harnesses and sensors. Hispano-Suiza has its headquarters in Colombes, and facilities in Réau and Bezons, France and Peterborough, Canada. Hispano-Suiza is a wholly owned Snecma Company, a world's leading manufacturer of propulsion systems and equipment.
EclipseTM Aviation is in the business of designing, certifying and producing modern, affordable jet aircraft that will revolutionize the transportation market. The company is applying advanced electronics systems, manufacturing and business practices to produce aircraft that cost less than a quarter of today's small jet aircraft, will be significantly safer and easier to operate than those of today, and have the lowest cost of ownership ever achieved in a jet aircraft
EclipseTM Aviation Corporation, EclipseTM and EclipseTM 500 are trademarks of EclipseTM Aviation Corporation.