General Electric‘s (NYSE:GE) new Passport engine, which will power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 jets and cut down on fuel consumption, is set to begin its first tests next month.
The Passport 20 will undergo testing until its certification, which is scheduled for 2015. The engine employs several new technologies in order to cut down on specific fuel consumption by 8 percent more than other engines in its class. The technology in the new engine will also reduce CAEP/6 emission and noise.
One of the new technologies is a durable engineered super-finish which is applied to the compressor blades and blisks creating a surface that’s four times more light-reflective than standard blades, which boosts airflow and overall engine efficiency. Another innovation in the engine is conformal, rail-mounted surface coolers that line the engine’s fan case. This unique technology allows the fins to be molded into complex three-dimensional shapes that help exchange heat and cool the engine.
Assembly of the Passport 20 began in March. The engine was developed using GE’s eCore technology, with two eCore units running for over 250 hours to assist with certification. After assembly the first engine will be installed next month at GE’s testing facility in Peebles, Ohio. Flight testing is set to begin next year.
Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation and Integrated Systems division, said that the Passport 20 “is coming together quite nicely” and “we look forward to placing it on GE’s outdoor test stand in Peebles, Ohio, next month and running the engine up to full power.”
Bombardier Aerospace, a division of Canada-based Bombardier Inc., is the third largest aircraft maker in the world behind Airbus and Boeing (NYSE:BA). The Global 7000 and 8000 jets are super long-range corporate jets that are expected to enter into service powered by the Passport 20 engine in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The Global 8000 will be able to fly further than any other business jet. The craft will be able to connect Sydney to Los Angeles, Hong Kong to New York and Mumbai to New York non-stop with eight passengers.
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