At its Peebles Training Operation in Ohio, GE Aviation has begun certification testing of its 16,500-lb.-thrust Passport engine for the Bombardier Global 7000/8000 series of executive jets. An initial run of more than 3 hr. reached 18,000 lb. of standard-day, sea-level takeoff thrust. Testing is to include 4,000 ground hours and 8,000 cycles and will involve eight engines and one core, leading to flight tests next year and certification planned for 2015.


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