Certification For 787 with GE Engines

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Boeing 787-8 Certified with GEnx Engines

Boeing 787 GEnx Receives FAA Certification

As discussed in a previous article, Boeing 787 Certified with GEnx Engines, Boeing had just finished a full testing program with the GEnx-1B to receive certification.

Today, March 20, 2012, Boeing officially received an amended type certificate from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for GEnx powered 787-8 Dreamliner Aircraft.  A new certification is required with any new airframe type and engine combination.  The 787-8 received its initial type certification with Rolls Royce engines back in August of 2011.

The amended certificate type from the FAA officially recognizes the 787 with GE engines are in full compliance with strict federal regulations.  This follows what is said to be the most robust flight and ground test program ever completed in Boeing’s history.

Larry Loftis, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 program, said, “This is a great day for our customers and for our team who worked tirelessly to ensure the Dreamliner offers breakthrough fuel efficiency, unprecedented performance and new levels of comfort.”  Loftis continues, “We are pleased to accept the FAA’s confirmation of the safety and reliability of this airplane.”

Mike Sinnett, Vice President and Chief Project Engineer for the 787 program, said, “This milestone completes the certification of the 787-8 airplane, and allows airlines to now operate the GE engine-powered 787 with both the baseline Block 4 engine and the PIP1 engine upgrade….It also represents the success of a remarkable partnership with the regulatory agencies around the world.”

Reaching this milestone required significant work by teams from both General Electric and Boeing.  The General Manager of the GEnx engine program for General Electric, Chuck Nugent, said, “GE Aviation is honored to power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with its new GEnx-1B engine, and we look forward to seeing the aircraft-engine combination flying the skies around the world.”

As previously noted in Boeing 787 Certified with GEnx Engines, the GEnx is the fastest selling engine in GE history.  The GEnx engine is a next generation turbofan that can produce 55,000 to 70,000 pounds of thrust.   The GEnx-1B was made for medium to long range flights and has received 330 minutes Extended Operations (ETOPS) Certification.

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