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Monday, December 16, 2013

HF120 Turbofan Gets FAA Airworthiness, Ready for Service

Woodrow Bellamy III 

GE Honda Aero, joint venture between GE and Honda, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 33 certification for its HF120 turbofan engine, GE Aviation said Friday, Dec. 13. 
The agency's approval comes following a ground and flight test program involving 13 engines that accumulated more than 14,000 cycles and 9,000 hours of testing. With certification, GE Honda Aero will now look to move forward with production of the H120, which features 2,095 pounds of thrust. 
"Achieving U.S. FAA airworthiness certification for the HF120 engine is a perfect way to end the year for the GE Honda Aero Engine team," said Terry Sharp, president of GE Honda Aero Engines. "And this is just the beginning for our team, which has worked tirelessly to demonstrate the technologies in our engine. We have been ramping up the supply chain and production processes to prepare for a successful entry into service."
The HF120 also features a high-temperature titanium impeller in the compressor to provide maximum engine pressure ratio and stall-free performance. 

According to GE, production will transition from the GE facility in Lynn, Mass., to the Honda Aero facility in Burlington, N.C. 

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