The H75 engine will be rated at 750 shaft horsepower (shp) for takeoff and maximum continuous operation, and the H85 engine will be rated at 850 shp. Like the H80, the H75 and H85 engines will be aimed at the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop aircraft segments, company officials said. Engine type certifications from the FAA are anticipated early next year.
“The H80 turboprop has been extremely successful for us, and we anticipate the same level of interest for the H75 and H85,” said Paul Theofan, president and managing executive of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops. “There are several potential aircraft applications that could benefit from these two new engine models. GE looks forward to bringing these engines to the business and general aviation marketplace.”
The H75 and H85 engines will be certified and manufactured at GE Aviation’s facility in the Czech Republic. Production of the H80 engine is underway with 50 engines being produced this year, increasing to more than 100 engines in 2013. The first aircraft to enter service with the H80 engine will be the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft.