GE Passport engine achieves FAA certification for business jet applications
GE Aviation’s Passport engine for business jet applications was awarded type certification in April 2016 by the FAA.
The award of the certificate paves the way for its 2018 entry into service powering the Bombardier Global 7000 business jet.
“Achieving FAA certification is a fantastic accomplishment for the Passport program and the dedicated team who worked tirelessly to ensure we met or exceeded all performance objectives in support of this industry-leading aircraft.”
Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation and Integrated Services division said: “Achieving FAA certification is a fantastic accomplishment for the Passport program and the dedicated team who worked tirelessly to ensure we met or exceeded all performance objectives in support of this industry-leading aircraft.”
“Unique technologies like the fan blisk, integrated propulsion system from Nexcelle and super finish in the compressor helped enable the demonstrated performance, giving us great confidence to support Bombardier’s flight test program while we aggressively pursue new aircraft applications for the Passport,” added Mottier.
“The Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft are segment-defining jets, designed with an uncompromising and innovative approach to comfort and performance,” said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “GE has designed and certified an engine that matches this innovative philosophy. We congratulate their team on this critical milestone.”
As of May 23, the Passport has accumulated more than 2,400 hours and 2,800 cycles in ground and flight testing. By the time the Passport enters into service, it will have accumulated the equivalent of 10 years of flying for a Global 7000 or Global 8000 aircraft operator with more than 4000 hours and 8000 cycles.
Passport production engines will be manufactured and maintained at GE Aviation’s facility in Strother, Kansas.
In 2013, GE announced agreements with IHI of Japan and Techspace Aero (Safran) of Belgium to become joint venture partners on GE’s Passport. IHI and Techspace Aero are responsible for more than 37% of the Passport engine.
GE Aviation released a short video detailing the route to certification