An Engine Manufacturer, designer of the world’s smallest turbofan

Price induction is one of the few companies to have developed a modern aeronautical gas turbine in the past decade.

Its state-of-the-art product is the DGEN 380 engine, the world’s smallest turbofan intended for 4-5 seat Personal Light Jets. This high bypass ratio geared turbofan was designed from a blank sheet to allow for the advent of a new class of aircrafts on the general aviation market. After fifteen years of development, the engine is recognized as a technical success and has now to enter the certification and industrialization phase.

In addition to its engine program, Price Induction also markets engine test benches dedicated to education and research, and leverages its know-how in conducting R&T projects for major aviation groups. Some of our customers include aviation groups (SAFRAN), research institutes (NASA, JAXA), renowned universities (ISAE-Supaero, ENAC, Georgia Tech) and aviation training centers (SENAI São Carlos, Balamand Institute of Aeronautics).

A “SME culture” with an international presence

Price Induction employs around fifty workers, more than 35 of whom are engineers working in a highly entrepreneurial environment.

Price Induction is mainly located in the Aquitaine Region, in Southwest France. Its main office is headquartered in Anglet and its test benches are located in Tarnos.

The company owns three subsidiaries: one in the USA (Atlanta), one in Germany (Berlin) and one in Brazil (Sao José dos Campos), as well as a commercial office in Asia (Shanghai). Other key aeronautical markets are covered by sales representatives.

History

Price Induction’s adventure began in 1997, when Bernard Etcheparre, a French entrepreneur, decided to launch the DGEN program to contribute to the innovation in the general aviation market. Launched as a venture project, with a team of young engineers, the program quickly gained the support of French aerospace laboratories, major French aeronautical companies and institutional investment funds.

On October 31st 2006, the first DGEN 380 engine was successfully ignited in our test benches. In 2011, the DGEN 380 completed its first 150-hour endurance block test.

From 2010 onwards, in order to leverage its know-how, the company diversified its activities:  the first WESTT SOLUTIONS test bench was installed in 2011 and the first R&T project was signed in 2012.

Since then, the DGEN program has undergone more than 2,000 cycles, 1,500 hours of operations and two successful 150-hour endurance block tests. DGEN engines are regularly produced for both the development of the program and the WESTT SOLUTIONS product family.