From nose-to-tail and wingtip-to-wingtip, Safran group companies – including many of their operations in the U.S. – provide equipment for a large portion of the world’s business aircraft fleet.
The group’s products for this aviation sector range from engines, nacelles, thrust reversers, landing gear and wheels & brakes to auxiliary power units, avionics, navigation systems, flight controls and wiring.
“Safran is one of the few suppliers with such a wide coverage for business aviation aircraft manufacturers, and our strategy is to remain a leader through continued innovation in such areas as more electric aircraft and integrated propulsion systems,” explained Peter Lengyel, President and CEO of Safran USA, Washington operations. “Through Safran’s participation at this year’s NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention, we are spotlighting the company’s workforce at operations across the United States that contributes to this success.”
Safran’s U.S. industrial footprint is the most extensive outside of France, comprising 31 companies and joint ventures with nearly 7,000 employees that work at 58 locations across 22 states.
This presence includes Safran’s Snecma company, which continues its benchmark cooperation with GE in their Cincinnati, Ohio-based CFM International joint venture company, which produces the CFM56 family of jet engines – powering the business jet versions of Boeing 737s and the Airbus
A320 family and is developing the LEAP, an entirely new baseline turbofan engine family that has been already selected to power the next generation of single-aisle commercial jets including the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 MAX and the C919 aircraft of COMAC.
Snecma also has developed the Silvercrest engine to power business jets from the super-midsize to the large aircraft categories, developing 9,500-12,000 lb. of thrust. This new-generation powerplant is designed for lower maintenance costs, lower specific fuel consumption, optimized cost-of-ownership and enhanced eco-efficiency. The Cessna Aircraft Company has chosen Silvercrest for its new Citation Longitude business jet.
As part of its business aviation-related production and support activities, Safran is one of the world’s top manufacturers of landing gear, wheels and brakes – with its Messier-Bugatti-Dowty operation having more than 50 years experience on such aircraft as the Dassault Falcon and F7X; Bombardier’s Global family and Learjet 85, along with the Challenger 300, 600, 601, 604, 605 and 850; DAHER SOCATA’s TBM 700; and Hawker Beechcraft’s 4000 and 800XP.
Safran also is a leader in electrical wiring and integrated solutions, as its Labinal company is a supplier for Bombardier, Dassault Falcon Jet and Embraer aircraft.
Safran’s Aircelle business unit produces engine nacelles and thrust reversers for a wide variety of business jets, increasingly taking charge of the complete nacelle package’s design, production, supply and support.
Aircraft equipped by Aircelle include Airbus corporate jetliners, Dassault’s Falcon F7X; the Gulfstream GV, G250, G500 and G550, G5000; Bombardier’s Learjet 85, Challenger 300 and Global Express; along with Embraer’s 134, 145 and 450.
Aircelle is pioneering a new generation of integrated propulsion systems through its Nexcelle joint venture with GE’s Maryland-based Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which is developing the nacelle package for GE’s Passport engine on the new Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000.
The A320neo nacelle will benefit from Aircelle's proven technology developed for the nacelles used on Airbus' A380.
The Citation Longitude is a super mid-size business jet with a maximum cruise speed of 490 knots (907.4 km/h).
The tests are being performed on a test cell at Snecma's Villaroche plant near Paris; a total of eight engines will be used for testing and certification..
This first complete Silvercrest engine is being assembled and will start ground tests this summer, followed by flight tests slated for the first half of 2013.