FADEC International Signs Joint Venture with GE to Provide Digital Controls
for LEAP Engines
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- November 29, 2012
FADEC International (a BAE Systems and Sagem jointly-owned venture) has
established a joint venture with GE to develop, produce, and support the
full-authority digital electronic control (FADEC) for aircraft engines and
related specialized technologies. A FADEC — a system consisting of a digital
computer, called an engine control unit, and its related accessories —
controls all aspects of aircraft engine performance, such as engine fuel flow
and variable engine geometries.
The joint venture, called FADEC Alliance, will be the exclusive FADEC supplier
for CFM International’s next generation engine, LEAP, and GE’s Passport
engine. As the sole provider, FADEC Alliance will be responsible for the
design, manufacture and aftermarket support of the system. The partnership
leverages FADEC International’s experience of supplying FADEC systems to GE
“The creation of the FADEC Alliance joint venture continues FADEC
International’s business relationship with GE onto the next generation of
aircraft,”said Dennis Slattery, president of FADEC Alliance and director of
engine controls for BAE Systems. “The FADEC, utilizing fourth generation,
proven engine controls, will be a technological discriminator for CFM
International’s LEAP engine.”
The LEAP engine is designed to power the next generation narrow body
commercial aircraft. Designed by CFM International, a 50/50 partnership
between GE and Snecma (Safran group), the LEAP engine has been selected for
the Boeing 737Max, Airbus A320neo and the Comac C919.
GE’s Passport engine, designed for ultra-long-range business jets, has been
selected for the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 business aircraft.
FADEC International is a 50-50 joint venture between a subsidiary of BAE
Systems Controls., Inc. and Sagem (Safran group), that focuses the two
companies’ capabilities to design, produce, and support Full-Authority Digital
Electronic Controls for commercial aircraft engines. For more than 25 years,
FADEC International has served airlines and aircraft maintenance and repair
providers with a full range of design and aftermarket capabilities.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider
of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for
commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has
a global service network to support these offerings. For more information,
visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at
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