GE Aviation and Nextant Aerospace have collaborated for a partnership to refurbish legacy aircraft fleets with new GE engines.
The first product under the strategic partnership is Nextant’s G90XT turboprop, which is based on the King Air C90 fleet and will incorporate GE’s H80 engines, powerplants, Garmin-integrated flight deck as well as an upgraded airframe, cockpit and cabin, Nextant said Monday.
“The H80 engine for Nextant’s G90XT aircraft will incorporate several new features,” said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of the business and general aviation and integrated systems organizations at GE Aviation.
H80 is designed with aerodynamics and metallurgy technology for engines to operate at high temperatures and pressures in order to minimize fuel burn and increase power output.
GE built an integrated electronic engine control into the H80 engine for single-lever control, auto-start system and aircraft avionics system interface.
GE and Nextant Aerospace intend to release the G90XT aircraft in 2014.