GE90 Engine Successful in Bird Strike Test
EVENDALE, Ohio - The GE90 engine successfully completed an 8-pound bird strike test on July 7, meeting all FAA requirements.
The test repeats an earlier test, conducted on May 30, but with modified platform spacers mounted between the fan blades.
Installation of the new platform spacers in the GE90 flight test engines for the 777 is to begin this week, in anticipation of the resumption of flight testing next week and delivery of the first GE-powered Boeing 777 to engine launch customer British Airways in September.
"The GE90 is undergoing the most extensive and rigorous testing of any commercial engine ever, consistent with GE's philosophy to identify and correct any problems before the engine enters service," said Gene Murphy, president and CEO of GE Aircraft Engines. "Our CF6 and CFM56 engines, the most reliable in the world, validate our approach."
The GE90 has already completed more than 13,500 endurance cycles and has operated for more than 65 hours at thrust levels exceeding 100,000 pounds, including 20 continuous hours on one engine.
"The GE90 is basically a new engine, designed to meet thrust growth requirements for the 777, which may well reach 50 percent or more," said Murphy. "Compared to derivatives of older engines, the GE90 is the engine with the future built in, for it incorporates the advanced technology to meet the needs of tomorrow."