Passport engine begins first full test
The GE Passport engine has began full engine testing. The new engine began ground testing this week at the Peebles Testing facility in Ohio and ran for more than three hours.
“GE Aviation is delivering on program schedule commitments with the Passport engine, and this first full engine test launches an extensive certification testing program with more than 4,000 ground hours and 8,000 cycles of testing anticipated by certification ,” said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation and Integrated Systems division.
Mottier continued “The engine surpassed its thrust requirements and performed extremely well. We look forward to further tests to validate the engine’s advanced technologies.”
Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015.
The new GE Passport engine is a joint venture between GE, IHI of Japan and TechSpace Aero of Belgium. The engine has been selected by Bombardier as the powerplant for the new Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.