GENERAL ELECTRIC says that the engines for the second CT7-powered Let L-610G 40-seat regional turboprop have been delivered to the Czech aircraft-manufacturer.

Some 350h have been accumulated on the first L-610G, says Lou Bevilacqua, general manager, turboshaft and turboprop engines, and the second aircraft should join the flight-test programme in September. US certification of the L-610G is scheduled for November 1997, he says.

Engines for the first CT7-powered Sukhoi S-80 26-passenger/utility aircraft will be delivered to the Komsomolsk on Amur manufacturing plant, in Siberia, in September and a first flight is expected in early 1997, Bevilacqua says. US certification of the S-80 is due in the fourth quarter of 1998, he adds. Both the L-610G and S-80 are powered by versions of the existing CT7-9 which powers the Saab 340.

GE will certificate the CT7-9+, providing 4% more power, in the fourth quarter of 1996. The CT7-11, producing 10% more power, is planned for certification in 1999. Both engines are being offered to CASA/IPTN and Saab for proposed growth versions of the CN-235 and 340, respectively.

Source: Flight International