Pratt & Whitney’ s (P&W's) PW1100G-JM geared turbofan for the Airbus A320NEO began flight-testing on May 15 on the engine maker’s Boeing 747SP testbed in Mirabel, Canada. “We’ll operate it for about 100 hr. to get a good baseline,” says Bob Saia, vice president for the next generation products family. Some 365 hr. of ground tests were earlier conducted at P&W’s West Palm Beach, Florida, site and the engine “performed well,” he says. This is the third model of P&W’s ...

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