CFM International is moving into the full-scale test phase of its LEAP-X engine project and adding more new technologies in an effort to devise a design suitable for the requirements of next-generation narrow-body aircraft. Drawing on the GE90 and GEnx and CFM’s own LEAP 56 engine research project, the GE-Safran joint venture kicked off LEAP-X last summer with the aim of permitting certification of an all-new 10:1 bypass-ratio-class powerplant by 2016 (AW&ST July 21, 2008, p. 39). GE ...

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