WINNIPEG, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - GE (NYSE: GE) today announced the opening
of a new $50 million Aircraft Engine Testing, Research and Development
Centre (TRDC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The new centre will perform icing
certification testing on GE's jet engines, as well as develop advanced
testing methodologies and equipment for GE Aviation's aircraft engines.
Today's announcement reinforces GE Canada's commitment to investing in
innovation and commercialization across the country. "This is a
terrific example of how research and partnerships are driving new,
innovative technology that can be applied within the aviation industry
to drive productivity in Canada and also internationally," says Elyse
Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada.
The 122,500 square foot facility, located at the James A. Richardson
International Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a partnership between
GE and StandardAero. StandardAero will maintain and operate the
certification test center. "This marks a significant milestone in the
partnership between StandardAero and GE," says Rob Mionis, President &
CEO, StandardAero. "We've enjoyed a long standing relationship with
GE. Today, with the dedication of this new engine testing and R&D
facility, we have become a key GE support partner in the testing and
maintenance of their line of future, state-of-the-art, fuel efficient
engines. We're proud to work with GE and even more proud knowing that
our reputation for quality and service reputation has positioned us to
be the partner of choice for a global leader in commercial aircraft
"Winnipeg is a great location for our new facility," notes Allan.
"Winnipeg's climate is a natural choice for icing certification
testing, there is a secure site location, and we have access to
StandardAero's skilled workforce who are trained and familiar with GE's
engine testing and test cell design."
The centre will initially include 10 employees, with the potential to
grow to 50 employees over the next five years. The investment in the GE
Aviation Engine Testing, Research and Development Centre supports GE's
Industrial Regional Benefits program in Canada.
The center is designed to test gas turbine engines up to 150 inches in
diameter and up to 150,000 lbs of thrust, and has capabilities to
accommodate high performance engines. The facility utilizes a
state-of-the-art noise reduction system with 50-foot high noise
attenuation walls, 16-foot diameter augmentor tube, and 51 foot high
exhaust stack. In addition, the facility incorporates a translating
wind tunnel to enable future expansion of the facility for year-round
testing in other areas, such as performance and endurance testing, bird
ingestion, ice crystal and mixed phase testing.
Financial assistance from Western Economic Diversification Canada has
been provided to WestCaRD a non-profit organization partnering with GE
Canada and StandardAero. Together they will undertake engine testing
and research and technology development creating opportunities for
Manitoba companies and educational institutions to participate in the
planned enhancements to the GE Testing Research & Development Centre.
"GE Aviation is in the midst of record new engine product development
programs," notes Kevin Kanter, engineering executive of GE Aviation's
Design & Integration Systems Engineering. "The new icing testing,
research and development centre will expand GE's testing capacity and
allow us to meet our commitments to customers."
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