Certification of Airbus A380 with GP7200 engine featuring ETRAS® system by Hispano-Suiza
December 17, 2007 The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United states have certified the Airbus A380 with the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine. Both the nacelle built by Aircelle and the electrical thrust reverser actuation system (ETRAS®) from Hispano-Suiza were certified for this new engine at the same time. This milestone was achieved thanks to the full-fledged commitment of Hispano-Suiza staff, who were able to complete the final GP7200 certification requirements on time. Service entry of the first GP7200-powered A380 with Emirates Airlines is on track, with a first commercial flight expected in August 2008. Emirates Airlines is the launch customer for the GP7200-powered A380. ETRAS® is a flagship product for Hispano-Suiza. By developing an electrical actuation system to open and close the thrust reverser, Hispano-Suiza consolidates its position as a major supplier of power control electronics for severe environments. The A380 is the first commercial jet to be fitted with an electrically-controlled nacelle system. This latest certification comes just 12 months after U.S. and European certification of the A380 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. Hispano-Suiza is contributing several key systems to the GP7200-powered version of the A380: the ETRAS system of course, but also the full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the control system for the variable guide vanes in the high-pressure compressor.
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