SaM146 regional jet engine certified by EASA
Cologne, Germany, June 23, 2010 -Patrick Goudou, Executive Director ofthe European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), today presented the typecertificate for the SaM146 engine to Jean-Paul Ebanga, Chairman and CEO ofPowerJet. The ceremony was attended by Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman andCEO of Snecma and Ilya Fedorov, CEO of NPO Saturn, the two parentcompanies of PowerJet.
The SaM146 is now certified for service on regional jet aircraft. Approval byRussian certification agency Avia Register is expected within a few weeks.
According to EASA head Patrick Goudou: â€œThis certification shows that theSaM146 engine fully complies with EU safety regulations. It is the culminationof a particularly successful collaboration between PowerJet, the InterstateAviation Committee of Russia and EASA. It marks the first certification of anaircraft engine jointly designed and produced in France and in Russia.”
“We are very proud of earning the type certificate for our SaM146 engine,”said Jean-Paul Ebanga, Chairman and CEO of PowerJet. “PowerJet willprovide a state-of-the-art engine right from service entry of the SukhoiSuperjet 100. This is also a landmark in relations between the European andRussian aerospace industries. We are now looking forward to seeing theSaM146 enter revenue service in the next few months.â€
The SaM146 completed its certification tests on May 26 by passing the finalmedium bird ingestion test. Throughout the certification test program, theSaM146′s performance has fully met or exceeded expectations. The SaM146engine has logged 7,100 hours of testing to date, including 3,500 hours inflight.
PowerJet is now focusing on the ramp-up in engine production, as well asgearing up for in-service support to ensure customer satisfaction.