GE's Passport Engine Begins 1st Full Engine Test

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24 and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust.

“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. “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.

Source: GE Aviation
Date: Jun 26, 2013