Williams International Receives EASA Certification of its FJ44-3AP Turbofan May 8th, 2012
Williams International announced today that it was awarded the EASA type certificate for its FJ44-3AP engine, an improved version of its popular FJ44-3A model. State-of-the-art aerodynamics and structural enhancements led to this new benchmark in thrust-to-weight ratio and fuel economy. Take-off thrust was increased 8% to 3052 pounds, cruise thrust was increased 13%, while weight was reduced 3% and cruise specific fuel consumption improved by 1.5%. The FJ44-3AP was certified by the FAA in May 2011. The first airplane to take advantage of the market-leading performance of the FJ44-3AP engine is the Nextant 400XT.
“I want to thank EASA for their strong support in achieving this milestone,” said Gregg Williams, Chairman, President & CEO of Williams International. “I am also very proud of our team for developing significant improvements to what was already a very good engine. The outstanding performance of the FJ44-3AP engine will lead to many new and improved airplanes.”
“The FJ44-3AP is also the first to receive EASA certification of a new proprietary feature we developed,” Williams added, “that converts into thrust the energy typically wasted pre-cooling engine bleed air for use in aircraft anti-icing systems. This feature, which enables much better performance in icing conditions, will be offered on Williams’ other commercial engines.”
The FJ44-3AP joined a comprehensive product line of FJ33 and FJ44 engines that covers the thrust spectrum from 1000 to 3600 pounds thrust. Two other new models are well along in development – the FJ44-1AP-21 will be certified later this year for use in the Cessna M2, and the FJ33-5 will be certified next year in support of the Cirrus and Diamond jets. All have rugged and efficient wide-sweep fans, health-monitoring FADEC controls, and low-emissions combustor technology.
While Williams engines are already recognized for their ruggedness and reliability, the FJ44-3AP engine incorporates durability improvements gleaned from over 7 million hours of operation of the 4300 FJ44 engines in service. Williams International's world class product support network continues to rank first in annual surveys of owners and operators, due in part to Williams’ Total Assurance Program (TAP) that provides more value at lower cost than any competing engine maintenance program.
Williams International is the world leader in small turbine engines and customer support, with headquarters in Walled Lake, Michigan, and a production facility in Ogden, Utah. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.