Duncan Aviation has chosen Atec as its contractor for construction of an engine test cell and control room at its Lincoln, Nebraska, facility. Construction will begin this autumn and the engine test cell will be completed by the end of 2017.
The facility will be Atec’s Phoenix Series Modular Turbofan Engine Test Cell (20,000 lb thrust class). A modular control cabin will be fitted with Atec’s ADAQ data acquisition and control system, which is a scalable data system that can be customized and provides intermediate-level, depot-level, production-level, and development-level engine testing capability. The facility also has an overhead thrust stand system, packaged fuel system storage and is environmentally friendly. It is a truly relocatable test cell system, should future business needs dictate that Duncan Aviation change the location of the test cell.
The environmentally friendly test cell is being constructed in response to the agreement Duncan Aviation made with Honeywell earlier this fall to extend its engine service authorizations, designating the Lincoln location as a Honeywell TFE731 heavy maintenance facility.
With the heavy authorization, Duncan Aviation will be permitted to inspect and repair the compressor zone on the Honeywell TFE731 engine during scheduled CZI (compressor zone inspection) events, unscheduled compressor zone repairs, and expanded service bulletin capabilities. Duncan will begin scheduling CZI/MPI events for non-MSP (maintenance service plan) operators by January 2017.
October 28, 2016