Next year will be a busy year for the GE9X program with the start of certification testing and flight testing on GE Aviation's flying test bed
. Engine certification is anticipated in 2018.
In June, the PW1200G engine for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet successfully completed its first flight test program, logging 23 flights and 127 hours using a specially designed stub wing on Pratt & Whitney's 747SP flying test bed
A PW1524G flight test engine was recently delivered to Pratt & Whitney Canada 's Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Quebec (Canada ) for mounting on the company's flying test bed
to begin a second flight test campaign by year end.
The Trent 1000 TEN has already powered tests on the Rolls-Royce Flying Test Bed
aircraft, a Boeing 747, at Tucson, Arizona, US, which began in March, and is scheduled to start powering a Boeing 787 on test flights later this year.
The higher-thrust version of the engine, the Trent XWB-97 which powers the Airbus A350-1000, flew for the first time on a flying test bed
last November and will enter service in 2017.
The PW1217G engine designed for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft flew on a specially designed stub wing aboard Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP flying test bed
at the company's Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.
The PW1900G engine model, which was assembled at Pratt & Whitney s Middletown Engine Center in Connecticut, flew on Pratt & Whitney s 747SP flying test bed
at the company s Mirabel Flight Test Center, in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.
The program is still waiting for the TP400's flying test bed
- a Lockheed Martin C-130 modified by Marshall Airspace - to get airborne.
Its performance has been verified in nearly 60 flight tests conducted in 2014 and 2015 using a business jet as a low-cost flying test bed
. As the aircraft travelled at jet cruise speeds, a low-power laser beam was fired through the turret s optical window to measure and verify successful performance in all directions.
The Airbus flight testing reportedly follows Pratt & Whitney's own ground and flight test programme, during which the engine completed approximately 300 hours of ground testing and 12 flights on Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP flying test bed
Based on the results of these investigations, a true scale measurement system configuration will be proposed that should meet Flight Worthiness specifications of the future flying test bed
The joint Airbus and Pratt & Whitney flight test programme, which will include 12 flights and around 43 flight hours on Pratt & Whitney's 747SP flying test bed
, starts with the first flight today (15 October) and will take place in Toulouse, France on a A340 test aircraft owned by Airbus, following Pratt & Whitney's own ground and flight test programme.