GE Aviation Readies for Passport Engine Service Entry - Global 7500
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October 17, 2018 - by Mark Phelps for AINonline
Ten years after jumping into the business aviation industry, GE Aviation (Booth 244) is preparing its Passport turbofan to enter service on the Bombardier Global 7500 and is progressing on development of the Catalyst turboprop that is poised to challenge Pratt & Whitney Canada's ubiquitous PT6 series for forward-fit applications.
Certified in 2016, the Passport underwent 4,000 hours of testing and 3,400 cycles. Brad Mottier, v-p and general manager of GE Aviation's Business and General Aviation and Integrated Systems division, described the turbofan powerplant as a "scaled down version of the Leap [commercial airline] engine."