Power management company Eaton has signed a letter of intent with AVIC Aircraft Company Xi’an Branch to supply fuel tank inerting and fuel distribution systems for the MA700 regional turboprop airliner. In addition to designing and manufacturing customised components, Eaton will provide engineering, development and support certification services for both aircraft systems.
"Eaton's leadership in fuel system technologies allowed us to begin making significant contributions in the early stages of AVIC's aircraft development program", said Benjamin Yiu, general manager, Eaton’s Aerospace Group, Asia Pacific. "Eaton's ability to integrate customised solutions using proven technology and mature products helps lower program risk for our customers and provide superior, cost-effective solutions."
The newly designed MA700 will feature many of the industry's most advanced technologies and will be the world's first turboprop aircraft to use an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system. It also will provide lower operational and maintenance costs along with more eco-friendly performance. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2019.