ANALYSIS: GE looks to turn former Walter Engines into its turboprop centre of excellence

GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops business in Prague – the former Walter Aircraft Engines – combines the Czech company’s decades-long expertise in small turboprop engines with the US giant’s vast experience in industrial production and new product development. When GE took over Walter in 2008, it inherited a pre-war factory ill-designed for modern manufacturing, but on the plus side, a product line headed by the long-enduring M601 turboprop – which powered the Aircraft Industries L410 among others – as well as a highly-skilled workforce and heritage as one of the country’s most notable aerospace brands.

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