January 5, 2015
GE’s Passport engine for Bombardier Global 7000/8000 begins flight-testing on historic 747
GE Aviation’s Passport Integrated Propulsion System for Bombardier’s new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets began flight-testing on GE Aviation’s 747-100 flying test-bed. On December 30th, 2014, a single Passport engine successfully demonstrated aircraft systems and instrumentation functionality. Flight-testing will continue through January prior to expected FAA certification in 2015. To date, the Passport engine’s has accumulated more than 750 hours and 300 cycles of testing. Before entry into service, the Passport engine will accumulate the equivalent of 10 years of flying for an average Bombardier Global 7000 or Global 8000 aircraft operator, with more than 4000 hours and 8000 cycles. The first flight of the Passport IPS completes a busy year of testing. Most recently, GE completed hail and bird ingestion certification tests and is currently instrumenting Passport engines for water ingestion and fan blade out certification tests, which will commence in the coming weeks. In April, ice ingestion tests were completed at GE’s icing facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In February, ground testing in an altitude chamber at GE Aviation’s headquarters in Evendale, Ohio, demonstrated engine performance and operability from sea-level to 51,000 feet. The Passport engine’s first flight occurred on GE’s flying test laboratory, a modernized 747-100. It was the 16th aircraft shipped off the original Boeing 747 production line, entering service for Pan Am in 1972. The Passport engine for the Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets will produce 16,500 pounds of thrust and will incorporate advanced technologies and materials to provide: 8% lower specific fuel consumption than engines in its class; margin to CAEP/6 emissions and to Stage 4 noise regulations; and world-class reliability and support.