Saffron is again facing turmoil because of the concerns generated by the development of its engine, Silvercrest. This has had the effect of an icy shower on Dassault Aviation, which was announced Tuesday in Las Vegas that the entry into service of its new business jet, the 5X, “will have to be delayed again”. This device was expected to be in service in 2020 after it was already scheduled for 2017.
So far, this new problem is serious for the development of the Silvercrest, the first engine developed by Safran for the aviation business ? A priori not, ” says one to The Tribune. Neither expensive. On the other hand, the problem on the high pressure compressor, which has been identified by the teams of Safran Aircraft Engines, will be long to settle. Very long ? “Talking about months”, says one. How much? It is still too early for that Saffron could respond to this question.
“It’s going to take a few more weeks to measure all the consequences of this very unfortunate situation and take adequate measures”, he explained Tuesday, the president and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier.
No delay of several months?
In Saffron, which has identified the problem during a campaign of testing on its flying test bed and test facility in the case of altitude, it provides that “corrective actions have been identified”. “We are in the process of assessing the risks on our development timeline,” explains the manufacturer. In any case, this problem forced Saffron to work now on a lot of development and testing in the series and not in parallel. The motorist must wait for the results of a test before moving on to the next step. This was not the case previously.
This will of course impact the program 5X, Dassault Aviation, as announced by Eric Trappier. On the other hand, the problems of the Silvercrest should not delay the development of the programme of the new aircraft from Textron Aviation, Cessna Citation Hemisphere, which is expected to make its first flight in 2019. “We are highly optimistic (vis-à-vis Saffron, editor’s note) as a partner,” assured a manager of Textron Aviation, Brad Thress. “A lot of things should be behind them before we can get to this level of our program,” he said.