The SelectOne-production standard V2500 will power the twin-engine Brazilian transport, which is scheduled to enter service in the first quarter of 2016. Certification is targeted for the third quarter of 2015, adds Beatty. The first six engines will be assembled this year, with three due for delivery to Embraer's Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, production site in 2013 and three in Jan 2014.
In the meantime IAE plans to bolster the appeal of the V2500 with a further phase of its “Select” upgrade series. The SelectThree will target maintenance cost reductions, but IAE says work continues “with airlines to determine what product enhancements they would like to see in our next upgrade. There is not a launch date for it yet.” However, Beatty says “I'd like to have a decision by the end of the year.” There are few details about the proposed package, which aims to slow the exhaust gas temperature margin.
The SelectOne upgrade, which was introduced in 2008, reduces fuel burn by 1% and increases engine life by 20%. SelectTwo, which will be available in the third quarter of 2014, introduces additional improvements in fuel burn and maintenance via modifications to the scheduling of bleed air and introduction of fault detection diagnostic software in the electronic engine control system. “We conducted flight-testing to verify fuel burn benefit last summer at Airbus, and the test verified a 0.5% benefit. Software validation work is now being conducted to prepare for operability testing in May,” says IAE.
“We are working with Airbus now on whether we make it the standard bill-of-materials for the engine or an option,” says Beatty who adds the former is more likely, with the upgrade being offered as a retrofit.