GE Aviation reports its CT7-2F1 engine received FAA certification following more than 1,000 flight hours and more than 1,350 hr. of turn time.

The engine powers the Bell 525 Relentless medium-lift helicopter.

The FAA joined the Bell 525 flight test team in November and now is involved in certification flight testing. The final flight test vehicle was scheduled to fly at the end of March.

The 525 Relentless program was launched in 2012. The aircraft is designed to transport up to 19 passengers.