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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.

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.

GE9X Engine Achieves FAA Certification

The GE9X engine has been certified by U.S. aviation authorities, a key milestone in its journey to power the new twin-engine Boeing 777X family. Ten GE9X engines have been delivered for Boeing’s four 777X flight test airplanes.

The Curious Mind Behind the App Aiming to Help Airlines Rebound From COVID-19

After the COVID-19 pandemic started shutting down countries around the world in March, David Havera partnered with TE-FOOD to develop a travel app that monitors whether planes, crews and passengers have cleared specific health and cleanliness checks and enables passengers to scan the tray and seat to confirm both have been sanitized between flights.

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