Pratt & Whitney is poised to conduct a key fan blade-out test for its PW1000G geared turbofan over the next few days that could decide if novel hybrid-metallic technology will be featured in the production engine. The test follows completion of a bird-strike test on a fan representative of its PW1524G fan for Bombardier’s CSeries in early March. The 2.5-lb. bird-strike evaluation was a key validation of the company’s hybrid-metallic fan blade technology—a major discriminator of the GTF, ...

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