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Valor begins ground-constrained testing

The Bell V280 Valor prototype aircraft has successfully begun its restrained ground run test operations. The aircraft will continue ground run testing at the Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas where it will undergo a series of functional tests running all aircraft systems and flight.

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Open Rotor development progressing fast

The Open Rotor is a future-generation aircraft engine developed by Safran that leverages its revolutionary architecture to deliver ACARE1 fuel-consumption and CO₂ emission goals, and is making progress fast.

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GE T901 turboshaft testing completed

GE Aviation announced on October 9 the successful completion of prototype testing for the T901-GE-900 turboshaft engine, a part of the United States Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP).

The company-funded test engine exceeded the program’s performance requirements, proving that the GE T901 engine is ready for the ITEP Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. T901 engine tests took place over six months and verified growth margin to meet future ITEP power requirements.

Following completion of the T901 prototype tests, GE continued the company-funded portion of its development program by running compressor, combustor and turbine component tests at its facilities in Lynn, Massachusetts, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition, GE is utilizing the advanced turbine testing capability at the University of Notre Dame’s Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL) in South Bend, Indiana, where GE committed US$13.5m to fund advanced research and testing in 2014.

October 11, 2017

Written by Michael Jones


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