GE Honda HF120 Engine Completes First Run Test at GE Aviation’s altitude test chamber
The first GE Honda HF120 engine has successfully started its initial test run at GE Aviation’s altitude test chamber in Evendale, Ohio, launching the test phase of the program. The GE Honda HF120 engine has experienced one of the most extensive engine test programs prior to the official start of FAA certification testing. Thirteen HF120 development engines and two core builds will take part in the certification testing at six locations in the U.S. and Japan. Tests will include fan blade out, crosswind, stress and endurance testing.
GE Honda HF120 engine production will initially begin at GE’s site in Lynn, Massachusetts and will later transition to Honda Aero Inc.’s recently completed engine production and overhaul facility in Burlington, North Carolina. The GE Honda HF120 engine was launched in 2006 and selected to power Honda Aircraft’s advanced light jet, the HondaJet, and the Spectrum Aeronautical Freedom business jet. Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine succeeds Honda’s original HF118 prototype engine, which has accumulated more than 4,000 hours of testing on the ground and in-flight.