Acura Automobiles: GE Honda Aero Engines Approaches Final HF120 Certification Test

Posted on 20. May, 2013 by in Acura Canada

GE Honda Aero Engines announced currently it is impending execution of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acceptance contrast on a HF120 engine. In a final 6 months, a HF120 engine successfully finished crosswind contrast and a 150-hour retard continuation test. The final remaining test, a middle bird ingestion, is scheduled for execution in July. More than 95 percent of a acceptance papers to a FAA have been submitted with some-more than 84 percent already approved.

“The 150-hour retard continuation exam is really formidable and puts an engine by conditions that it will never knowledge in a field. We are intensely gratified with a engine’s opening during a tests and a condition of a HF120’s continuation exam hardware,” pronounced Terry Sharp, boss of GE Honda Aero Engines. “We expect finishing contrast in Jul with engine form acceptance from a FAA approaching in a fourth quarter.”

A sum of 13 HF120 engines have amassed some-more than 7,300 hours and some-more than 9,700 cycles during growth and acceptance contrast during 9 opposite exam locations. This enclosed accumulation of 3,000 cycles on one engine as partial of a continuation validation program. The validation module simulates moody cycles, and a engine will offer as a swift leader, good forward of entry-into-service.

The supply sequence is ramping adult for HF120 engine prolongation with components being stocked. GE’s trickery in Lynn, Mass. is obliged for initial production. Production will transition to a Honda Aero Inc.’s trickery in Burlington, N.C., shortly after acceptance of a HF120.

GE Honda is also substantiating a patron use and support program. The support indication will include of a network of GE Honda Authorized Service Providers, a 24/7 GE Honda Operations Center, dedicated margin technical managers and patron group managers, among other support operations. GE Honda will offer long-term engine use agreements with Enhanced and Comprehensive upkeep and support services that go above and over a simple engine warranty, with coverage of both scheduled and unscheduled upkeep events.

In 2004, GE and Honda shaped a 50/50 corner venture, called GE Honda Aero Engines, formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. The corner association integrates a resources of GE Aviation and Honda Aero, Inc., a Honda auxiliary determined to conduct a aviation engine business. The GE Honda HF120 engine module was launched in 2006 and was comparison to energy Honda Aircraft Company’s modernized light jet, a HondaJet.

Rated during 2,095 pounds of thrust, a HF120 engine succeeds Honda’s strange HF118 antecedent engine, that amassed some-more than 4,000 hours of contrast on a belligerent and in-flight. GE and Honda redesigned a engine for aloft bearing and new standards of opening in fuel efficiency, durability, low sound and emissions.

HF120 technologies include:

  • A wide-chord, compound-swept front fan and two-stage upholder along with combination opening beam vanes.
  • A high-temperature titanium impeller in a compressor for limit engine vigour ratio and stall-free performance.
  • A compress reverse-flow pattern combustor and single-stage air-blast fuel nozzles.
  • Advanced materials in a high-pressure turbine as good as a two-stage low-pressure (LP) turbine and a counter-rotating high-pressure and LP bobbin missile system.

A pivotal cost-of-ownership advantage of a HF120 will be a ability to work during a best-in-class 5,000 hours between vital overhauls. The modernized airfoil materials and coatings that GE and Honda have grown for a engine’s high-pressure turbine territory capacitate this capability.

Honda (NYSE: HMC) is a world’s largest engine manufacturer, annually producing some-more than 20 million engines for a far-reaching operation of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, sea engines, grass and garden equipment, and Honda and Acura automobiles.

GE Aviation, an handling section of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and ubiquitous aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a tellurian use network to support these offerings.

For additional information, revisit GE Honda Aero Engines at:

Honda website: and a media website:

GE website:, and a Aviation business during

For questions on GE’s engine division, greatfully hit Deb Case (513)243-0094

For questions on Honda’s Aero Engine business, greatfully hit Mel Solomon (513)552-7857

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