Posted on: 12 July 2016 by Mark Howells
TRJet has announced agreements with a number of key suppliers for the TRJ328 regional jet and the newly rebranded TRP328 turboprop aircraft being developed as the company’s initial entry into the aircraft manufacturing market.
Fatih Ozmen, Owner and CEO of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) emphasised that the programme is very important for all three companies involved – SNC, 328 Support Services and TRJet. “And when it comes to other Turkish companies, TAI and other Turkish partners will be key as we’ll rely on them heavily as we develop the company,” he commented.
Ozmen also stressed the value of the programme to the market. “With the aircraft we are developing, we are looking at a regional aircraft capacity segment where there is no new manufacturing going on,” he remarked. “Additionally, the new Turkish Prime Minister has reaffirmed commitment to making this programme a reality.”
Dave Jackson, executive director, TRJet, and managing director of 328 Support Services, reported that there had been a number of achievements since the programme was announced at the 2015 Paris Air Show. “We’ve primarily been working to get partners into the programme,” he remarked prior to introducing four such organisations – Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), Rockwell Collins, Heggemann Corporation and Liebherr-Aerospace.
Edward Hoskins, VP engineering development, P&WC, first commented on how pleased the OEM is to be providing the PW306B for the TRJ328. He then went on to sign a deal with TRJet for P&WC to provide a new version of the PW127 engine for the TRP328 turboprop. The PW127 turboprop engine is an upgrade on the PW119 engine previously used by Dornier and enables the TRP328 to offer increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) without compromising performance.
The launch of the new engine programme will begin in earnest in late 2016 at P&WC’s Longueuil, Quebec facility, kicking off a production schedule that will culminate with the flight of the first TRP328 in 2019/20.
Colin Mahoney, SVP international and service solutions, Rockwell Collins, announced the company’s selection as the avionics provider for both aircraft types. The Pro Line Fusion product line, he declared, has been creating history as a scalable product for a range of aircraft types. “It is a touchscreen flight deck and pilots can configure it how they want, but also lets the operator configure for different missions.”
Liebherr Aerospace’s managing director & chief sales officer Nicolas Bonleux reported that the company is to provide the air management system and the flight management system for both aircraft.
Robert Heggemann, CEO, Heggemann AG, said the company had signed an agreement with TRJet to supply the main landing gear (MLG) and nose landing gear (NLG) for the TRJ328 and TRP328. The initial contract requires theconstruction of three prototype systems by Heggemann for evaluation on development aircraft. Initial shipsets will be made in Germany, while subsequent manufacturing is expected to be supported by Turkish partners.
Heggemann AG will provide the complete landing gear structure, including steering actuators, retracting kinematic and actuators; downlocks; electrics and hydraulics harnesses; and the electrical steering box.
Photo shows (l-r): Dave Jackson, executive director, TRJet, and managing director of 328 Support Services and Colin Mahoney, SVP international and service solutions, Rockwell Collins.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/laranews.net