With testing underway on a new core engine and composite fan blades, CFM International says it is on the threshold of introducing an engine that will do for 100-200-passenger regional aircraft what is already working for long-haul transports that are setting sales records. Six weeks of crosswind and acoustic testing have begun at General Electric’s Peebles development center in rural Ohio on a fan with 71-in. composite blades that Snecma has developed in its Mascot program. Part of CFM’s ...


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