The Engine Alliance GP7200 set to power the Airbus A380 finished its fan-blade-out test, which moves the engine one step closer to FAA certification. During the test, one of the powerplant's 116-inch diameter fan blades was released from the fan hub by an explosive charge while the engine ran at its maximum speed, the equivalent of more than 82,000 pounds of thrust. The GP7200 test engine contained the damage and safely shut down. Engine Alliance, a joint venture between GE and Pratt ...

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