October 31, 2012
GE readies for first assembly of passport engine
GE Aviation is gathering hardware for the assembly of its first Passport engine for the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. Assembly of the first full engine to test will begin by year end. Since launching the engine in 2010, GE has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing was completed on two eCore demonstrators, which accumulated 150 hours. Another eCore demonstrator is scheduled to run next year.