The PassportTM engine for the Bombardier* Global* 7000* and Global 8000* aircraft incorporates ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material and a unique blade surface that will improve performance, reduce fuel burn and enhance durability. "
Passport's high pressure compressor (HPC) blades and blisks feature a unique super finish surface, which makes the blades four times smoother than traditional blades. The super finish allows the air to pass more efficiently over the blades, resulting in lower fuel consumption. The surface finish also allows the blades to better retain their efficiency and performance by creating a layer of air, which guards against contaminants that might stick to traditional blades.
Certification testing on the Passport engine continues, with the second Passport engine on the test stand at
The certification program will involve testing of eight Passport engines and two cores. Flight testing on GE's flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is anticipated in 2015.
The Passport engine will produce 16,500 pounds of thrust and will provide: 8 percent lower specific fuel consumption than engines in its class; margin to CAEP/6 emissions and to Stage 4 noise regulations; and world-class reliability and support. Among the engine technologies: a composite fan case to reduce weight, a unique 52-inch front fan blisk for lower cabin noise and vibration and technologies from GE's eCore suite to lower emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The Passport's integrated propulsion system from Nexcelle, a joint venture between GE and
TMPassport is a trademark of
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