Last month, David Joyce, Mike McAlevey and I visited Avio Aero. As usual, it was a fantastic trip! I was personally thrilled to see the tremendous progress the Avio Aero Engineering team has made since my last visit to Torino. For me, going to Italy is like going home.
One of the main topics of discussion was the Advanced Turboprop engine (ATP), which is an important program for our business as it allows us to grow into a new market and further capitalize on and develop our engineering capabilities in Europe. The Avio Aero team plays a critical role on ATP, serving as the engineering headquarters with overall system ownership and responsibility for developing an all new reverse flow combustor, our first ever integrated turboprop control system, and two new gearboxes, while expanding our Additive design and manufacturing capabilities in Europe. This paves the way for further new product and technology development in Europe and establishes Avio Aero as a key center of excellence for the future.
I was struck by how quickly this ATP team has come together and the progress they’ve made so far while forging a new, leaner path for developing aircraft engines. I loved the intensity and “get it done” attitude. This is a great team and I am confident that they will deliver. As the team moves forward, we need to be focused on two key challenges: deliver the FETT MVP on July 20, 2017, and implement Model Based Enterprise (MBE) for the design.
I also had a chance to meet with the broader engineering team to discuss additive repair development and progress on the GE9X, Leap, and other programs. I am so proud of this team and your commitment to Engineering Excellence. I know this team will continue working hard to deliver on your commitments with the mission of delivering high quality power and accessory gearboxes and low pressure turbine modules, while growing our systems leadership capabilities.
Thank you for all you do for our customers and our business!