GE Aviation Launches M601 Line Maintenance Training Courses at CTEC

EVENDALE, OH - April 14, 2010 -- GE Aviation's Customer Technical Education Center (CTEC) is now offering courses on the M601E turboprop engine and will serve as the North American training center for M601 and H80 engines. CTEC is located near GE Aviation's headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The first M601E Line Maintenance course was held at CTEC in late March.

The Air Transport Authority (ATA) level III course includes classroom and hands-on training for line maintenance mechanics and aircraft operators. Instructors will provide training on inspections, layout and operation, engine airflow, oil systems and components, fuel systems and components, exhaust systems, reduction gearboxes, air inlet, compressor section, power turbine section, combustion chambers, engine maintenance practices and general troubleshooting.

The M601 engine has more than 17 million flight-hours on more than 30 aircraft types. The M601E-11 engine is the workhorse version of the proven M601 series engines for use in agriculture and utility aircraft applications. With no hot section inspection requirement and an internal fuel slinger free of recurrent fuel nozzle maintenance, the M601E engine provides distinct cost-of-ownership advantages.

By combining the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials, the H80 engine will produce up to 800 shaft horsepower and power business and general aviation, utility and agriculture aircraft. The engine, which is currently undergoing certification testing, is a more fuel-efficient, durable turboprop engine with no calendar limit and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine will also feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours and 6,600 cycles between overhauls, significantly enhanced hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude cruise speed. The H80 engine will enter service on the Thrush 510 this summer. The engine will be the first in the new H80 engine series family.

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