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Release date- 18052014 - The WP-3D 'Hurricane Hunter' aircraft of the
The Series 3.5 engine enhancement specifications provide for 7.9 percent reduction in fuel use, and ground tests have demonstrated up to 13 percent improvement. The enhancement package also allows T56 engines to operate at significantly lower turbine temperatures, extending parts life and improving reliability by 22 percent.
NOAA contracted with
The first NOAA WP-3D aircraft fully equipped with the Series 3.5 enhancements is expected to re-enter service beginning in early 2015.
NOAA Corps Cmdr.
The highly trained men and women from NOAA fly directly into storms in sensor-packed planes to gather data that forecasters need to monitor hurricanes and predict their path. NOAA uses two types of aircraft to gather data on hurricanes-the four-engine Lockheed Martin WP-3D Orion turboprop, and a Gulfstream IV-SP jet, powered by two Rolls-Royce Tay engines.
The T56 Series 3.5 engine enhancement package has also completed all requirements for
The T56 Series 3.5 engine enhancement can be installed as part of a conventional engine overhaul, and does not require any aircraft or engine control system modifications. In addition to the
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