Our nacelles are on the no. 1 Global 7000!
October 20, 2015
It’s a great feeling of achievement when a complex product comes together after years of development. At Nexcelle, we’ve reached such a milestone with our nacelle system for GE Aviation’s Passport – as the first two of these engines are now installed on the initial Bombardier Global 7000 Flight Test Vehicle (FTV1).
These powerplants are referred to as the IPPS, which stands for Integrated Passport Propulsion System. Its emphasis on “integrated” signifies the closer working relationship between nacelle supplier and engine manufacturer during the IPPS’s design, development and production phases. As a result, the Global 7000 will have a highly-capable propulsion system, benefitting from a lighter-weight nacelle and contributing to overall engine performance.
Taking our IPPS nacelle from concept to reality – and now to the first on-aircraft installation – is the outcome of dedicated work by teams at the Nexcelle joint venture’s two parent companies: Aircelle of the Safran group and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS).
I want to personally thank everyone for their efforts. Adding to the satisfaction was the on-time integration of nacelle hardware for the two-engine IPPS shipset that is now fitted to the Global 7000 FTV1 at Bombardier’s Toronto, Canada production site.
Key steps that have brought us to this milestone include the development of production resources at MRAS and Aircelle, along with our teams’ support during Passport development and testing – using ground-based rigs, as well as GE Aviation’s 747 testbed aircraft. This culminated with the smooth engine “podding” of the initial Global 7000’s two engines, which underwent their build-up at the GE Aviation Peebles Test Operation in Ohio.
We will continue to keep busy! Our ongoing efforts will support flight activity with the no. 1 Global 7000, and certification ground testing of nacelle components – including acoustic and cycle trials for the thrust reverser. In parallel, we’re preparing the next pair of Integrated Passport Propulsion Systems to be installed on the no. 2 Global 7000, while setting the stage for a ramp-up of IPPS series production.
Nexcelle has come a long way in bringing the vision for more integrated propulsion systems to reality. We continue our commitment of bringing the best results that come from this integrated approach.
President – Nexcelle