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Chinook T408 Engine Demo Continues

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Aviation & Missile Center (CCDC AvMC), Boeing, and GE Aviation expanded the flight envelope in their demonstration of a Chinook helicopter with GE Aviation’s T408 engine at Ft. Eustis, Va. The cooperative test team achieved first flight in September 2020, and continues to show how integration of more powerful engines on the CH-47 Chinook can support future aircraft capability and Army Aviation modernization efforts.

Practice Makes Perfect: GE-powered Sikorsky CH-53K Advanced Training Suite Unveiled

The final training step is the Composite Maintenance Trainer (CMT), a full-scale mock-up of the CH-53K aircraft, including replicas of its three T408 engines. Training will begin at Marine Air Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. David Karcher, a Lockheed Martin senior specialist mechanic explained, “The benefit to a trainer like this is to create an environment that is somewhat realistic to a real aircraft but has safety in mind.”

Air Cover: Fighting Forest Fires With Souped-Up Jetliners

Forest fires ravaged the western United States this year. 10 Tanker, an air carrier company based in New Mexico that specializes in aerial firefighting, used four DC-10 airliners, powered by GE’s CF6 engines, to combat the destruction. Read our interview with 10 Tanker.

Airport Cleanliness: There’s An App For That

With the new Wellness Trace app, travelers can see how airport employees are working to carry out safety protocols. At the Albany airport, where GE launched the system this week, QR stickers are posted in more than 45 locations, allowing travelers to see when an area was last cleaned. Employees upload information into the app each time they clean a corresponding surface.

Shipmates to Teammates: How Three U.S. Navy Veterans Reunited at GE Aviation

Steve Maynard, Randy Johnson, and Rob Liner all work for GE Aviation’s marine gas turbine business, which provides reliable turbine power aboard 631 naval ships in 39 navies around the world. But these three don’t just know each other from work—for a short period in the early 1990s, all three served aboard the former U.S. Navy Spruance-class destroyer, USS Fletcher (DD-992), which was powered by four GE LM2500 gas turbines.

The X-Factor: 22,000 Pounds Of Thrust Just Got Quieter

In August, NASA took delivery of the first F414-GE-100 engine for its X-59 QueSST plane, a one-of-a-kind experimental aircraft that will fly faster than Mach 1 and higher than most high-performance aircraft at 55,000 feet.

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