Boeing and CFM International today announced the launch of flight tests of the new engine Leap-1B initiated last 29 April in Victorville, in California, at the GE Aviation Flight Test Operations. The engine was installed on a special Boeing 747 used as a flying testbed for testing its new engines. The launch of this campaign of flight tests is an important step forward in the biannual development programme that will lead to certification (in 2016) and delivery of the new Boeing 737 MAX (Nice 2017). During the first flight, lasted 5 hours and 30 minutes, the engine worked just fine and has successfully completed a series of tests.
“I continue to be very impressed by LEAP,” He said the Chief Test Pilot of CFM International, Steven Crane. “These engines show a maturity not always found in new products. I think our customers will be very happy with this engine.”
The LEAP-1B will be the exclusive engine of the next generation of narrow body Boeing, the Boeing 737 MAX.
“After this important milestone and test results conducted so far, We continue to be confident that the 737 MAX equipped with LEAP-1B engines will offer our customers the most efficient solution, reliable and gestbile in the market for single-aisle aircraft,” commented Keith Nyima Lama, General manager of the program 737 MAX.
Source: The Flight