GE’s T700-701D cleared for commercial sales
GE Aviation has supplied its T700 military-designated turboshaft engine to Firehawk Helicopters following an exemption from the FAA to sell the engine to commercial customers.
Firehawk Helicopters have since deployed two UH-60A helicopters powered by four new T700-701D engines in support of forest firefighting operations in the US.
The FAA exemption also clears GE to sell T700 parts to support the growing commercial fleet of UH-60A helicopters that are being divested by the US Army.
T700/CT7 engine powers a variety of commercial and military helicopter applications including transport, utility and attack, medical evacuation, air rescue, special operations and marine patrol. They serve all five branches of the US military and numerous international customers.
Harry Nahatis, vice president and general manager of turboshaft engines at GE Aviation, said: 'For more than a decade, the T700-701D's capability and reliability has been proven in the hottest and harshest environments across the world, making it an ideal solution for Firehawk's firefighting operations.
'This landmark FAA exemption allows GE to pursue similar commercial applications for the T700, which is uniquely suited for heavy lifts during wildfires where the aircraft will routinely lift more than 6-7,000lbs of water 6-8 times per hour.'
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