GE Aviation sees a good potential in agricultural aviation, and supplies the H80 to Thrush for the 501G crop sprayer. Six of these will be delivered to China this year, marking the H80’s third application there – it also powers China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co’s single-engined Primus 150 executive turboprop, and has replaced the M601 on the prototype Hongdu N5B cropduster. Work is now well under way to build an infrastructure to support the engines in-county, including an authorized service center with engine-specific tools and training; GE and CAIGA earlier signed an agreement to jointly develop and support the H85-powered Primus 150 and expand turboprop engine service capabilities in China.
The H80 family also powers the latest L410, which Stoker believes has significant potential in Russia, and in hot-and-high applications around the world.
GE Aviation is exhibiting at EBACE at booth 1243.