January 1, 2015
GE’s Newest, Largest Engine Coming to Winnipeg
General Electric is gearing up for test runs of the first GE9X turbofan. Ground tests are set to begin at the company’s Peebles, Ohio, facility in the first half of 2016.
The engine will then come to Winnipeg for icing certification testing at the GE Test Research and Development Centre (TRDC) in late 2017/early 2018.
The GE9X is in development for Boeing’s 777X series and will be the largest turbofan ever produced in terms of physical dimensions. The overall fan diameter will measure 134 in. The GE90-115B, currently the world’s biggest and most powerful engine, is 128 in.
Winnipeg’s TRDC will undergo expansion over the next 18 months to accommodate the GE9X.