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AVIO AERO and MT-Propeller combine intents for an integrated, fully European engine-propeller system


Rivalta di Torino (Italy) - 20 June, 2019 - Avio Aero and MT-Propeller have signed an agreement to collaborate in the military turboprop market, offering an integrated engine-propeller system. The Bavarian company is now Avio Aero’s preferred propeller supplier formilitary applications outside the US, targeting UAVs, Trainers and light transport market segments.

Through this collaboration,Avio Aero is best positioned to offer military customers in Europe as well as around the world an integrated propulsion module based on the Catalyst turboprop engine and on the vast portfolio of commercial off-the-shelf propeller systems by MT-Propeller that maximize the value of the integration.

The Catalyst is the first engine in its class to have a FADEC, Full Authority Digital Engine Control system that controls not only the engine but also the propeller: all-in-one and through one single level, bringing a jet-like experience to turboprop aircrafts. Through the collaboration with MT-Propeller, Avio Aero intends to further exploit the benefit of the FADEC to offer an optimized propulsion system.

This is a clear example where math is going wrong, and one plus one makes three,”declares Paolo Salvetti, Sales Director for military turboprop engines at Avio Aero. “We are pleased to announce this collaboration agreement with MT-Propeller.Through it we can bring more value to our military Customers offering high performance, integrated propulsion systems that reduce interfaces and maximize the benefits granted by our FADEC”.

This collaboration further enhances the European nature of the Catalyst engine project,both in terms of technology and industrial return. The Catalyst engine is based on all-European technology and is produced between Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, France, Germany, Austria and Spain. Though this collaboration we are further increasing the German technological and industrial content making the integrated propulsion system even more pan-European.

This is a result of crucial importance as it allows not only a technological and industrial return and European independence but also makes the entire propulsion system subject only to EU export control regimes.

“MT-Propeller is very happy to team up with Avio Aero to combine the latest available propeller technology with one of the most modern turbines available on the market today – states Martin Albrecht, General Manager MT-Propeller. This collaboration will be characterized by an outstanding technology level: our lightweight composite propellers, realizing lower maintenance costs for the operators combined with a higher efficiency, will bring to the engine-propeller system more thrust and a reduction of the overall noise footprint.”


INFORMATION about Avio Aero

Avio Aero is a GE Aviation business that designs, manufactures and maintains propulsion systems for civil and military aviation. It is the center of excellence for the entire General Electric group in the field of mechanical transmissions and low-pressure turbines. It employs more than 4,800 people at its headquarters at Rivalta di Torino, where its largest production plant is also located, and at its other major plants in Brindisi and Pomigliano d'Arco (Naples). Abroad, it has a plant and a test center in Poland. Founded in 1908, the company has overcome many technological challenges in over a century of history. Continuous investments in research and development and an established network of relationships with leading universities and international research centers have enabled Avio Aero to develop technological and manufacturing excellence recognized across the globe: an achievement borne out by a range of collaborative partnerships with key operators in the global aviation industry.

INFORMATION about MT-Propeller

MT-Propeller is a family owned aviation company that designs manufactures and maintains propeller systems inclusive propeller controls for the aviation market. With its own engineering offices, in house employed test pilots, from the clean sheet till the flight test program, the highest efficiencies and best results are obtained.

The MT-Propeller group employs worldwide more than 210 people with the headquarters in Straubing/Germany and further facilities in the US and Czech Republic. Founded in year 1980, meanwhile MT-Propeller supplies 90% of the European, 30% of the US with MT-Propeller and control systems.

Propeller designs are certified for Part 23 and Part 25 applications ranging from 2-bladed till 7-bladed certified propeller systems. The maximum of 5000 hp propellers are in production.

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