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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

GE Aviation Launches Year-Round Jet Engine Testing in Canada

GE Aviation has announced the expansion of its Testing, Research and Development Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba that will allow the facility to test jet engines year-round.

(Steam is rising from a heated platform after a night of ice testing in subzero temperatures at GE's Winnipeg facility. Photo, courtesy of GE Aviation.)

The facility was originally established to handle jet engine cold weather and ice testing, and GE invested $2.5 million in the facility over the past year to incorporate digital temperature-catching equipment, turbulence control structures and a concrete base to allow the wind tunnel to accommodate different types of testing, the company said.

Kevin Kanter, manager of design and systems integration at GE Aviation, said the year-round capabilities will be crucial to the company’s new engine development programs.

Over the next several years the facility has a rigorous test schedule planned that includes CFM's LEAP engine, which has been selected for the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo. More

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