Initial test results of the Passport turbofan and its unusual one-piece blisked fan are on track and augur well for next year’s fast-paced development and certification phase, says General Electric (GE). The 16,500-pounds-thrust engine is expected to complete certification in 2015 and enter service on Bombardier’s new Global 7000 and 8000 ultra-long-range corporate jets in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Testing of the first engine got under way at GE’s evaluation facility in Peebles, ...

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