At NBAA’s annual business aviation convention, Nexcelle makes its mark as the “pro” for integrated propulsion systems
October 13, 2017
Nexcelle was part of the “buzz” at the world’s largest business aviation show this week, as our nacelle for the Passport integrated propulsion system (IPS) made its first public appearance with Bombardier’s Global 7000 at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) 2017 convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Our theme for NBAA 2017 was: “Nexcelle is the pro for integrated propulsion systems,” underscoring how the optimized nacelle system for the Passport IPS contributes to the Global 7000’s speed, range and operating efficiency.
During my discussions at the convention, I explained the advantages of Nexcelle’s close working relationship with GE Aviation – the Passport turbofan engine’s manufacturer – resulting in a nacelle that is the lightest-weight, most aerodynamically-efficient in the business jet sector today.
At NBAA 2017, this was reinforced by Bombardier’s updates on the 900-plus hours of cumulative flight testing with its four Global 7000 FTVs (Flight Test Vehicles), in which our nacelles have shown their reliability at various altitudes and speeds, as well as demonstrating the thrust reversers’ stopping capabilities during landing rollout.
Also at the show, Bombardier reported that the Global 7000 order book is growing, and announced that its initial eight aircraft for customers are now progressing through the final assembly line. This is being matched by the ramp-up in nacelle systems manufacturing by Nexcelle’s parent companies – GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS) and Safran Nacelles – with deliveries of production-definition nacelles to begin before the end of 2017.
NBAA convention attendees visiting the Global 7000 on display at Las Vegas’ Henderson Executive Airport were able to see how “tight” our nacelle package is for the Passport turbofan engine. This results from our capability to meet Bombardier’s stringent tolerance specifications for the “steps and gaps,” which involves the aerodynamic flow lines, as well as the positioning and spacing clearances between the nacelle system’s major assemblies.
A business jet nacelle also needs to be visually attractive, and Nexcelle has ensured this aspect as well – from the highly-buffed treatment for the air inlet’s aluminum lip skin to the extra care taken in painting the remainder of the nacelle.
In looking back at our high-profile presence during NBAA 2017, it is a tribute to the dedication of Nexcelle’s teams in bringing the vision of integration propulsion systems to reality. We stand ready to support the Global 7000 as production moves into full swing, followed by the business jet’s entry-into-service with operators around the world.
President – Nexcelle