GE To Run First Passport Engine This Month
General Electric is preparing its new Passport engine for a first test run this month. Chosen to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000, the Passport 20 is scheduled for certification in 2015. Assembly of the first engine began in March. The Passport has been developed from General Electric’s eCore technology, which is also used in the CFM Leap engine for single-aisle airliners. Two eCore units have been running for more than 250 hours to assist with Passport certification, and a total of eight complete engines will be used in the test and validation process. After assembly is completed, the first test engine will be installed this month in the outdoor rig on Site 3B at GE’s facility in Peebles, Ohio. Next year a Passport engine will begin flight-testing aboard the company’s Boeing 747 testbed.